Phallic Protest: Fed Up With Potholes Someone Sprays Graffiti Penises Around Them, Gets Them Fixed
Apr30

Phallic Protest: Fed Up With Potholes Someone Sprays Graffiti Penises Around Them, Gets Them Fixed

We all have things that grind our nerves in unbearable ways. Typically, we’re forced to sit back and accept them, unless there are laws protecting against them. Like, in Chicago, landlords must give at least 48 hours notice before entering a rental house or apartment. Makes sense. Potholes, on the other hand, aren’t high on the list of important regulated township repairs. Something that is, apparently, a big issue in the UK town of Middlesborough. We’ve all been there, driving in our cars and being unable to avoid a pothole so devastating that your heart sinks whilst imagining your tires, alignment, and sanity all simultaneously disintegrating. One person had had enough. In the U.S., there’s more than $300 billion spent on business travel in a given year and some of those taxis rides, limos, and Ubers feel first hand what a peppering of potholes can do to the roads (and your ride). Still, the solution to repairing them at any consistent rate eludes us. In Middlesborough, one resident started tackling the multitude of potholes in town in a unique way. He found them and used spray paint to paint animated graffiti penises around them. People around town began snapping pictures of the graffitied potholes and posting them on a town Facebook group, which got people’s attention. Including the Middlesborough Town Council: “Middlesbrough…has issues with potholes and repairs are carried out on a priority basis determined by the risk they pose to highway users. Currently, however, we are carrying out pre-planned works in the Acklam area and staff were able to visit the nearby site on Fane Grove when the matter was reported to us and have patched over the hole,” reported a council spokesperson. Sometimes you must take matters into your own hands to goad the authorities along. This graffiti statement worked pretty promptly, and this isn’t the first time phallic imagery has surrounded potholes. Back in 2015, one cheeky graffiti artist who dubbed themselves Wanksy — a tongue-in-cheek nod at the famed, anonymous UK graffiti artist Banksy — did the exact same thing. “I wanted to draw attention to the pothole and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus. It’s also speedy. I don’t want to be in the road for a long time,” Wanksy reported in 2015. A cyclist, he’d set to work after a couple of his friends had been injured because of the potholes in question. They were also promptly fixed. At this point in time, the strategy has proven that while understandably uncouth, it’s also been...

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5 Office Habits That Might Be Damaging To Your Health
Apr30

5 Office Habits That Might Be Damaging To Your Health

Even if you consider yourself to be a fairly healthy person, there are a few very common office habits that could be harming your health. If you do any of the following things on a regular basis, you might want to reconsider; they could have negative effects on your day-to-day health that you aren’t aware of. Slouching And Poor Posture About 50% of all working Americans report back pain symptoms each year. If your desk chair isn’t in the right position, you could be setting yourself up for worsening joint pain and other joint-related problems. Arthritis and joint diseases, one common type of chronic inflammation, affects 350 million people around the world and 43 million people in the United States. To avoid joint issues in the office, ensure you’re sitting properly and maintaining good posture while at your desk. Drinking Too Much Coffee While the extra caffeine might be good to help you start your day, it could be damaging your teeth. Coffee and tea both stain your teeth, which can make your smile look dirtier and less healthy than it actually is. According to an AACD survey, almost every adult (99.7%) believes a healthy smile is socially important, so avoid these staining drinks to keep your smile bright. Staring At Screens Ever notice that you get a headache after a long day at the office? It could be because you’re straining your eyes by staring at the screen for too long. Blue light can be harmful to your eyes, so take breaks throughout the day to give your eyes a rest. Even just looking away for a few seconds at a time can help. Sitting Too Much You might have a lot of work to do at your desk, but if you aren’t getting up and moving, you could be ultimately doing damage to your muscles and joints. Take walks throughout the day away from your desk and stay moving; this will keep you from feeling stiff and sore by the end of the day from sitting too much. Eating At Your Desk Lunch breaks are important for more than just your stress levels. Eating at your desk dramatically increases your exposure to bacteria and germs. If you do have to eat at your desk, keep hand sanitizer near you and keep your desk as clean as possible. You’ll stay healthier and have to take less sick time for colds and flus.  More importantly, a lunch break is a social outlet.  Restaurant based Food and drink sales, in the United States, is forecasted to exceed $683 billion.  It’s not just food people are buying, it’s the entire social experience. ...

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Chinese Pre-Flight Superstition Dangerous Enough To Land People In Jail
Apr25

Chinese Pre-Flight Superstition Dangerous Enough To Land People In Jail

When we think about superstitions, they’re usually harmless or have little more meaning than something quirky people do in the name of preserving good luck. From rabbits’ feet to not stepping on cracks, most don’t have any tangible consequences if we follow them or neglect them. Some Chinese airline passengers have been finding the exact opposite of this when authorities started seeing a certain pre-flight good luck trend gain some dangerous momentum. While roughly 41% of airline passengers prefer to watch movies pre- and mid-flight, these passengers are engaging in a different pre-flight activity. Over the past couple of years, passengers Chinese passengers boarding planes have attempted to throw metal coins into airplane engines in the name of good luck and a safe flight. Yes, you heard that correctly. Throw coins into airplane engines for a safe flight. It was initially discovered when airline technicians on the ground noticed coins falling, and fortunately, missing the engine that was being targeted. Once the culprit was discovered, she (a woman in her 60s) was put into 10 days of administrative detention and the flight was delayed two hours. More people were doing it, too, but this time landing themselves in jail. In fact, this trend has been recorded since 2017 and since gaining momentum, the penalties have become much harsher. Jet engines already have enough to worry about without help from superstitious fliers. Strong oxidizing and acidic gases can reduce fluid and air-end service life in compression systems in engines by more than 90%, so the last thing engineers and technicians want to worry about is someone throwing a handful of coins into the mix. As living comedy would have it, Chinese airline Lucky Air is actually suing a passenger who admitted to attempting to throw coins into the engine of the flight — for good luck, of course. He was detained for a week and is being sued for more than $20,000 in losses for the airline, not to mention the immense inconvenience. “The incident caused a direct economic loss of nearly 140,000 yuan, and our company will press charges against this passenger in accordance with the law,” Lucky Air said in a statement. Jet engines are built to be sturdy pieces of machinery, especially being no strangers to foreign objects. Coins, however, are not foreign objects they’re built to handle. A coin getting into the inside of the engine could cause catastrophic failure mid-flight. Fortunately, every recorded instance of these coin tossing attempts has failed, but the worry nonetheless remains. If you’re superstitious, perhaps try something less disruptive and do everyone a favor by leaving the coins in your...

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It’s 2019: Here’s How Marketers Can Make a Difference With Their SEO Strategies
Apr24

It’s 2019: Here’s How Marketers Can Make a Difference With Their SEO Strategies

We all know that the need for good digital marketing is constant. But considering how quickly trends come and go, it can be tough for marketers to stay up-to-date with the changing times. Now that we’re well into 2019, it’s time to take an in-depth look at your current digital marketing and SEO strategy to assess whether it could use a bit of updating.   If some of these elements sound a bit introductory to you, there may be good reason to remind yourself of the basics. As Jordan McCreery of Ingrained Media points out, “So many website owners skip over the fundamentals and begin focusing on phase two or three of an SEO campaign without ever getting the proper foundation in place.” As the saying goes, you have to learn to walk before you can run. This year, make sure you’ve got all of the essential SEO elements down before you attempt to build upon them. To that end, here are some vital components of any successful SEO strategy in 2019. Make Your Website Shine You can’t expect to develop and execute an impressive SEO strategy if your website is lacking. If you attempt to do that, all of your hard work will essentially be for naught. Ignoring the importance of known ranking factors won’t do your site any favors, either. Essentially, you have to know what those elements are and take steps to improve them.   Ethan Giles of Novi.Digital notes, “Page speed and mobile friendliness will continue to be crucial aspects of SEO as search engines push mobile first initiatives and [as] users’ expectations of speed and usability increase.”   Ken Marshall of Doorbell Digital Marketing agrees. “As a company,” he explains, “your effort should be focused on a seamless mobile experience, improving site load times, average time on site, pages per session, CTR [click-through rate], and decreasing bounce rate. Your users will thank you by interacting with your site more, which will make Google take notice and reward you. All the hacks in the world won’t keep you ranking well if you aren’t making a push in these areas.”   Keep in mind, however, that you may need to adjust your tactics depending on your particular business or the technology you have in place. Daniel Lofaso of The Digital Elevator notes, “Digital marketing in 2019 is all about making the most effective changes that are consistent with the size site you have. The same strategies that work for new, small sites, for example, don’t always work so well with larger, more established sites (and vice versa). Increasing traffic, leads, or sales takes a unique approach...

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Spokesperson for Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign Passes Away
Apr23

Spokesperson for Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign Passes Away

Jacqui Saburido, the face of the anti-drunk driving campaign since 1999, has passed away at age 40 after her fight with cancer. Saburido was affected by one of many Americans who makes a life-changing mistake every day: drinking while driving. In 1999, Saburido and her friends were returning from a party in Austin, TX when a drunk driver hit their car head-on. As the front-seat passenger, Saburido suffered third-degree burns on 60% of her body when the car erupted in flames following the crash. Two of the other passengers were able to make it from the wreck. She survived this wreck, though two other passengers in the car were not so lucky. Natalia Chyptchak Bennett and Laura Guerrero were killed on the scene. As a result, Saburido had to undergo more than 100 operations. Because she was a recent immigrant from Venezuela without health insurance, the total costs crested more than $5 million over the next few years. She was currently discussing further skin grafts in Guatemala when she lost her fight to cancer. The drunk driver in question, Reggie Stephy, was convicted of manslaughter by one of Texas’ 70,000 attorneys in 2001. He was released after serving seven years in prison in 2008. The Texas Department of Transportation notes that the accident “scorched her eyes and left her blind; melted off her hair; took her ears, lips, nose, and eyelids; and robbed her of the use of her hands.” In an effort to teach others about the painful repercussions of drunk driving, Saburido used her new appearance as a warning to the countless people who perform this dangerous activity each day. Even though three in four people cope with speech anxiety, Saburido was able to reach an estimated one billion people with her powerful anti-drunk driving campaign. With the help of the Texas Department of Transportation, she was able to traverse the state, making stops to local schools. She even appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show twice. Her anti-drunk driving campaigns were featured in countries as distant as Australia. “Even if it means sitting here in front of a camera with no ears, no nose, no eyebrows, no hair, I’ll do this a thousand times if it will help someone make a wise decision,” Saburido once said. This is essential for the 73% of Millennials who regularly drink liquor, beer, and wine. The legal limit dictates that your blood alcohol content (BAC) cannot exceed more than .08% in order to properly drive a vehicle. However, it’s always recommended that you rely on a sober driver while drinking. According to Saburido’s family, the advocate died from cancer in Guatemala where she moved several years earlier for better medical...

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