What To Do With Lifetime Supplies

 

 

What do people REALLY do when they win lifetime supplies of products? These people had some interesting ideas.

  • Mars Bars. I get a box every month and I deliver them to a food bank.
  • 8 EA Sports games each year for life. We took a cash option worth $24,000.
  • Apple Jack’s. The entire neighborhood ate AJ for months.

  • My teacher won a lifetime supply of Tide.He gave it away as gifts.
  • I’ve sat in a container filled with my won skittles, made giant balls of compressed skittles, and made it rain skittles style at my friends wedding.
  • Won a year’s supply of pretzels. Two years later and we’re having peppermint bark with pretzels embedded in it. Yup, same pretzels.
  • I won a year’s supply of kraft mac n cheese. All i wanted to win was a trip to Sea World.
  • Ever since I participated in a TP survey, I have received a free 4 pack of Charmin, once a month. This has gone on for over 20 years.
  • Snapple gave us a truck full of every one of their product types. We had a Snapple-only double fridge.
  • I won a lifetime supply of of ice cream. The fact is I’m lactose intolerant.

  • Tic Tac’s – it was pretty awesome, until we ran out of orange ones.
  • My wife won a lifetime pass to the circus. Almost 20 years of trips, she still get’s VIP seats every night for herself and 3 other people.
  • Roommate and I won a “lifetime” supply of butter. Stocked it up, got drunk, and tried to make a slip and slide with it.
  • I won what was supposed to be a year’s supply, of Kraft Mac-N-Cheese, over 1,000 boxes. I just gave it all to a food bank.
  • I won a year’s supply of ChickfilA. They gave us 52 free meal vouchers I worked next door and ate nuggets for lunch every. Single. Day.

Why Drinking Makes You Poop

A night out with friends can be priceless. Ok, not priceless. The price you pay is physical. Bluntly put, alcohol, gives you the runs.

The drinks that seemed like a wonderful idea the night before suddenly want to quickly leave your body. So why the urgent movement?

Why your body is making you suffer?

Because Alcohol is a diuretic, during a night out we normally end up in the bathroom many times. The drinks enter the bloodstream and cause the pituitary gland to inhibit the production of vasopressin, which regulates the body’s water retention and constricts blood vessels. The kidneys then send water straight to the bladder. The next morning, it is no longer pee you are worried about. The alcohol increases the gut motility and doesn’t get broken down before it reaches the colon, which bacteria then feasts on.  The increase motility means everything moves faster, meaning the colon has less time to absorb water, which results in watery stool and diarrhea.

And the worst offenders are…

Studies show the more concentrated the alcohol, the worse the reaction- meaning hard liquor will be worse. Sadly, beer is not your friend either. The body produces enzymes to assist in breaking down the complex carbohydrates found in beer as they travel to the small intestine. Drinking beer fairly quickly means some of the carbs will make it to your large intestine without breaking down. The bacteria in the large intestine start fermenting those carbs, resulting in gas, cramping, loose stool, and diarrhea.

How to (un)soften the blow

Pay attention to what you’re drinking! If beer seems to be the most likely culprit, try switching to wine or clear liquor. Everyone is affected differently, so it’s going to be a personal call.

Since alcohol increases the acid content in your stomach, eating helps reduce alcohol’s abrasive effect on the intestines. An empty stomach means more alcohol is moving to the small intestine and getting absorbed by the blood, which can affect other organs like the colon.

Does This Happen When You Sleep?

Sleep is glorious, we all know it. But we rarely talk about how sleep can also be really weird. People sleep walk, they swear their dreams are real, they talk in their sleep. It’s sometimes funny, but also sometimes it can be really unnerving. What causes these and other odd sleep behaviors, and how can we avoid them?

For things like sleepwalking, the answer is unsatisfying. While about 5-10% of the population sleepwalks, we have no idea why it happens. Sleep talking, however, is much easier to explain: it’s a result of too much stress (and oddly, occurs more often in men and in children). Reoccurring dreams is another very common sleep event. One prevailing theory is that we have reoccurring dreams because our subconscious is trying to make us pay attention to one particular aspect of our life, and that we’ll stop having the dream when we give that area more focus. Interesting, right?

Then there’s the scary things that can happen when you sleep. For example, sleep paralysis is extremely scary. When we sleep, our body “freezes” so we don’t sleepwalk; with sleep paralysis, the brain wakes up before the body and the person is left unable to move, and with the terrifying feeling that there is another presence in the room. Yikes! Or what about dreams where we think we’re dying, and we get the sensation of falling before waking up abruptly? We think this occurs because sleeping is similar in some ways to dying (slower breathing and heart rate, low movement). The brain may get scared that you’re sleeping “too well” and will wake you up suddenly, hence the feeling of a “thud”! What are some of the scariest sleep-related incidents you’ve experienced? Comment and let us know!

How To Tell If It’s Really Love

We fall for people, and they seem to fall for us too. But how can you tell if your new squeeze thinks of you as more than just a fling? Is there really a way to tell if a man is actually in love with you – or, as most of us suspect, are men just brick walls of mystery who keep their emotions (if they have them) buried deeper than repressed memories?

Shocker to all of us, men DO actually have feelings, we ladies just don’t read them as easily as we do other females’. So how can you tell if your guy is sending you “forever” vibes or if they’re more “for now” signals? While there isn’t a hard and fast rule, the following cues might mean it’s the big L after all!

A good sign is how he thinks about you on ordinary days. Does he still think you’re gorgeous when you have absolutely no makeup on? Is he proud of your achievements when there’s no big fuss going on? Does he brag about you on a daily basis? Does he care about your family and friends, for no other reason than because you love them?

These are all good signs, but what about your relationship interactions? A man in love can’t help but listen to you. He doesn’t have to hang on your every word, but he will be able to remember your conversations later and think they were interesting. A man in love will feel comfortable enough to be emotionally vulnerable with you, at least enough to show you that he doesn’t want to lose you. He will fight for you, but also with you. Fighting is a natural part of a relationship, and a sign that he feels passionately enough about your future to have real discussions that lead to real solutions.

What is a Water Hammer and Why You Should Know

We all know that houses have their little noises and creaks. It’s part of what gives them character and (sometimes) charm. However, if you live in a house older than a few years, you’ve probably heard a loud bang in your pipes that is anything but charming. Well, it’s called a water hammer (apt!) and in a few simple steps, you can stop this from happening altogether!

Source: Supply House

A lot of people think water moves peacefully through their pipes like a lazy river; after all, it just trickles out of the sink, right? Wrong. Water tumbles and rushes this way and that, wherever the pipes let it go, and when the pressure in the pipes increases suddenly (or sometimes, when you shut off your water value completely) the water comes to a full stop, making the pipes bang into their hangers and fasteners. This can be a one-time thing, or it can happen repeatedly, caused by a clog or by air chambers that have become waterlogged. As you can probably imagine, excess hammering can go hand-in-hand with bursting pipes and other plumbing issues.

Source: PlumbingMart
Source: PlumbingMart

So what is there to be done? If you’re feeling capable, you can turn your water line off and drain the main supply lines, and then make sure everything is off before turning the water back on again. You faucets will sputter for a few seconds afterwards, but then the balance should be restored. However, if this doesn’t work or you don’t feel like it’s something you have the DIY knowledge to accomplish, simply call a plumber. They should check your pipes for excess buildup and clogs, and might install a pressure-reducing valve. Hey, whatever it takes to stop that nerve-wracking banging, right?