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Camping Tricks to Keep You Safe

What’s not to love about camping: nature, sleeping under the stars, campfires, swimming in rivers/lakes and good old-fashioned fun? 

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It’s Camping Season! As I Yell This from a Mountaintop!

Outdoors enthusiasts and weekend warriors are all getting jazzed up for another camping season. What’s not to love: nature, sleeping under the stars, campfires, swimming in rivers/lakes and good old-fashioned fun? Sure camping is fun but it can also be dangerous, so keep you and your loved ones safe with this handy camping safety guide.

 

Know your lightning facts

Lightning kills more people every year than bears so pay attention to lightning and thunder. One important rule that you should know: if you hear thunder, you are within 10 miles of a storm, so head for shelter.

All shelter s are not created equally, so stay out of your tent and tall trees, instead get into a building or your car. The rubber tires are perfect for grounding you incase of a strike. If you are away form a vehicle or building get to an open field, you may get wet but you’ll be safe.

 

Fire safety

Don’t play around with fire, it cannot only hurt you but can easily start a fire that gets out of hand. Make fires in designated areas only and follow all posted signs about fires. If there are no fire rings, make a safety ring out of rocks and clear all debris that could catch on fire. Some areas during certain times a year don’t allow fires because of forest fire risks, so don’t be the asshole that starts a forest fire.

 

Animals and Insects

You are going into nature, where animals and bugs live, so expect to deal with them. You may encounter bees, snakes, bears, and coyotes or worse, so it’s important to know what to do, just in case.

 

Bears

Bears will come to food, so if you are in an area with bears, keep your food safe either in a bear box or hung up in a tree. Bears have incredible senses of smell and can find even a small candy bar hidden in you tent, so never keep food where you sleep. If you see a bear, slowly get out of there, don’t run, they will catch your butt.

 

Bees – Wasps – Hornets – Ants

When choosing the perfect place for your campsite and tent, look around for nests and hives before you set up. Nobody wants to be woken up by a thousand ants in their tent or wasps attacking from above. If anyone in your group is allergic to any kind of stings or bites, they should have an Epipen handy, because help isn’t close in the wilderness. If someone is bitten or stung, keep an eye on the wound and look for signs of an allergic reaction, like sudden swelling or breathing issues.

 

Snakes

Snakes are all over the place so it’s best to know what kind of snakes are native to the area you are camping. Watch out for Rattlers out west and Diamond Backs and Water Moccasins in the East and South. Snakes like to hide in dark holes and underneath rocks, so be careful where you reach and step.

  

Coyotes/wolves

These guys will look for scraps, garbage and small dogs, so keep an eye on your little puppies. They are usually scared of people and noises.

 

Big cats

Big cats are all over the country from bobcats to mountain lions, they are out there. Rarely seen around people, these silent hunters see you ten times before you see them once. Just be aware that if you see one, act big and slowly walk away, never turning your back on them.

 

Moose

Moose kill more people than bears so be aware of these big old goofs.

 

Don’t get disoriented

Don’t get lost but if you do, stay calm dude. Always keep a map, a compass and a mirror or shiny object used for long distance visibility to a search party. If you do get lost, look for some simple signs to find your way. Look for your own footprints and back track. Look for moss on trees; it always grows on the North side of trees. Tell someone where you are going, before you go.

 

Hydrate

You will be exerting yourself more than usual so it’s important to drink plenty of water.

 

Heights can kill

Climbing things seems like a fun idea but heights kill in the wilderness. Be careful on rocks, trees and the dreaded rope swing. More people are hurt on these three simple activities than by animal attacks each year.

 

Don’t be dumb

Seriously, don’t do dumb stuff; you are way too far from a hospital. Don’t be stupid with an axe while chopping wood and don’t jump into bodies of water without knowing how deep it is.

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A UK Bar Pretends To Be A Church To Get Around Pandemic Rules

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The pandemic has made it difficult for some businesses to run, which is why this bar is getting creative by registering as a church to their customers

With everyone being in lockdown and not being able to go out, not a lot people have been able to offer up prayers to the 400 rabbit gods, and with 2020 being the hot mess that it is, a tequila joint in Nottingham, England is planning to change that and keep their business afloat, as well. 

England just got out of its second nation-wide lockdown as of December 2, and now implements a system where they have tiered restrictions. Nottingham currently sits on the highest risk, the tier 3 category, which states that businesses targeted towards hospitality will stay closed with the exception of delivery or takeout.

Church of 400 Rabbits is an Aztec-themed bar that has an extensive choice of tequila and an application to become a worship center that is currently waiting for approval from Nottingham’s registrar general.

This bar decided to mix spirits with spirituality in hopes that it can implement a loophole in the COVID-19 rules of England, which says that if you’re a church or a place of worship, groups from the same bubble or household can enter your business. 

After posting their application that will certify their bar to operate as a place of worship, Church of 400 Rabbits is now looking for devotees through their website.

People who are interested in becoming a Bunny Believer can do this for free, and with a small fee of $13, (£10), you can be ordained as a Reverend, with a t-shirt that you use as your official robes. 

James Aspell, owner of Church of 400 Rabbits isn’t too hopeful that Nottingham will consider the application, but says that it’s an attempt to show how ridiculous the tier system is and how some of the rules are contradictory.

He says that it’s difficult because the government insists on these strict rules but that there is little to no financial support. Aspell believes that even if they moved down to a tier 2, they wouldn’t be able to open without dishing out substantial meals, and adding that it’s another Scotch Egg debacle. 

For those of you that don’t know what a Scotch egg is, it’s a hard-boiled egg that is wrapped with sausage meat and breadcrumbs. After a lot of debate, it has been considered a substantial meal by Michael Gove, who came under fire when he described it as an appetizer. 

Church of 400 Rabbits isn’t the first business that tried to apply as a place of worship, as Atlantic Squash and Fitness Club also rebranded to Church of the Healthy Body to keep their gym open.

Aspell notes that the number of devotees for 400 Rabbits is multiplying rapidly, as rabbits would and has decided to donate all proceeds to a Nottingham homeless charity group. 

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Why You Might Want To Reconsider That Upcoming Trip To Jamaica

If you were planning to go to Jamaica for your next family vacation, you might want to reconsider. 

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If you were planning to go to Jamaica for your next family vacation, you might want to reconsider. The U.S., along with several other countries, have issued travel warnings for the famously easygoing country. This was due in large part to a recent spike in violent crimes. Most recently, and Canadian couple was murdered while vacationing in St. Thomas.

Much of the recent crime has been tied to drug trafficking and various gangs. The numbers are staggering. In 2016 alone, there were 448 aggravated assaults, 481 rapes, 1,215 shootings, and 1,350 murders. This according to the stats reported by The U.S. State Department. These frightening numbers have led local authorities to issue a state of emergency. They have also implemented a temporary curfew and increase the military presence in the more dangerous areas. The travel advisory issued by the State Department on January 10 also applies to the areas of Montego Bay, Spanish Town, and Kingston.

Other countries that have issued similar travel warnings include Canada and The U.K. They also warned their travelers to avoid similar areas with higher crime rates, and to especially be extra careful when walking around at night. The U.K. warning also included instructions to stay within their resort as much as possible, and to only use the transportation provided by their resort or by the airport.

Naturally, Jamaica is worried about the economic effect these travel warnings have, as tourism brings in a great deal of money for them. They have assured travelers that it is still a safe vacation destination, thanks to the measures they have taken to combat the spike in crime.

In an interview with The Independent, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett said, “All members of the tourism fraternity have given their full support to the [increased security] measures and are feeling that these actions are welcome to ensure the safety of Jamaica’s guests and citizens.”

It sounds like they’re doing their best to keep everyone safe, but I’d be lying if I said I’d be nervous to visit the country right now. But I will definitely be keeping an eye on Jamaica and how they handle the crime rate moving forward. Hopefully, they’re able to bring it down in the very near future.

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Disneyland Attractions That Have Been Lost In Time

Many Disneyland attractions have survived since it first opened in 1955, but others have come and gone. 

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Disneyland has brought joy to children and adults alike since it first opened in 1955. Many attractions have survived since the beginning, but others have come and gone. Here are some of the most memorable Disneyland attractions that have been lost but not forgotten. 

MIDGET AUTOPIA

This attraction only existed in Disneyland from 1957-1966. It featured miniature cars that traveled along a permanent path. The driver could control the speed using gas and brake pedals, but the steering wheel was not functional. It eventually was removed to make room for “It’s A Small World,” but it lived on for another ten years in Marceline, Missouri, the birthplace of Walt Disney himself.

 

COUNTRY BEAR JAMBOREE

One of the more classic attractions on this list, The Country Bear Jamboree survived from 1972-2001. It featured animatronic bears (and a few other forest creatures) that would perform pre-recorded songs. It was eventually removed and was replaced by “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” 

ADVENTURES THRU INNER SPACE

An attraction ahead of its time, Adventures Thru Inner Space was a part of “Tomorrowland” and took guests on a magical tour through the atoms of a snowflake. It used an “omnimover” system that is still used in many rides to this day. It was eventually replaced by “Star Tours” in 1985.

FLYING SAUCERS

The Flying Saucers were a popular attraction within “Tomorrowland,” although they only existed from 1961-1966. Guests would sit on single-rider “saucers” that would move around in a fashion similar to how an air hockey puck moves. It also had a very exciting bumper cars element as riders could slam into each other. 

 

MONSANTO HOUSE OF THE FUTURE

Another attraction involved in the early days of “Tomorrowland,” The Monsanto House of the Future served as a glimpse into what a future house might look like. Complete with futuristic appliances. It lasted in the park from 1957-1967 and was the joint brainchild of Monsanto, M.I.T., and Walt Disney Imagineering. 

 

MINE TRAIN THROUGH NATURE’S WONDERLAND

The Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland was a ride enjoyed by Disneyland guests from 1960-1977. It served as a tour of the fictional town of Rainbow Ridge and featured multiple waterfalls over a thousand animatronic elements. It was eventually replaced by “Big Thunder Mountain.” 

 

THE PEOPLE MOVER

The aptly named “People Mover” did just that – it moved people! Another element of “Tomorrowland,” it ran from 1967-1995. It was a roughly 16-minute ride and provided riders with a scenic tour of Tomorrowland as a whole. It later served as a tour of the “World of Tron,” an attraction built in partnership with the release of the hit movie. 

 

CHICKEN OF THE SEA PIRATE SHIP AND RESTAURANT

This incredible attraction was a staple of Disneyland from 1955-1982. It featured an extensive, tuna-specific menu and was a joint venture with the tuna company, Chicken of the Sea. The company eventually removed their sponsorship and the beautiful pirate ship was turned into “Captain Hook’s Gallery” in 1969. 

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