Wednesday, December 21, 2016

4 Reasons Every iPad Owners Should Buy a Pogo Sketch Stylus

The “innovative” and “magical” iPad has a flaw that is far from ideal; the finger stylus. If it were up to Apple you’d be forced to poke at your iPad screen all day, but fortunately, the Pogo Sketch iPad stylus is here – a stylus needed by all iPad users. Following are four reasons every iPad owner should also own a Pogo Sketch iPad stylus.

1. To avoid using those clumsy fingers of yours


Using your fingers to navigate and control the iPad has its perks – namely, multi-touch – but using your blunt shaped fingers as a stylus isn’t the most accurate way to go about things. If you’re planning on clicking a small link on a web page, sketching a picture, or scribbling a few notes, you’d be way better off with a Pogo Sketch iPad stylus than with dragging your fingers across the iPad’s surface. Fingers are great for scratching your head, picking up tools, and assaulting fellow human beings, but the Pogo Sketch iPad stylus wins hands down (pun intended) when it comes to accuracy.


2. Because fingers are messy; that’s why


The next time you spend a day smudging your oily fingers across your iPad screen, I dare you to look at the mess you’ve made of your iPad’s display at the end of the day. Before I bought an iPad, I bought a ZAGG InvisbleSHIELD iPad screen protector (true story), because I knew that I couldn’t trust my fingers to keep my iPad’s screen clean. The Pogo Sketch iPad stylus helps us avoid using those unsanitary digits of ours and makes for a cleaner way to go about accessing and navigating the iPad.


3. Sometimes you just can’t use your fingers as a stylus


Some people don’t mind using their fingers as styluses, but let’s face it; there are times when your fingers simply can’t be used to operate your iPad. If you’re eating, cooking (using the iPad for recipes), or have wet hands, your fingers will be rendered useless as an iPad stylus, but your Pogo Sketch stylus is will still be fully functional. Heck, even if my fingers are fully capable of being a stylus, I still keep my Pogo Sketch handy for guests that want to use my iPad (points back and #2 and sanitation).


4. The Pogo Sketch iPad stylus provides a more natural feeling


Using your fingers as the only stylus for a tablet as large as the Apple iPad is a pretty new concept that’s hard for lots of people to adjust to. We’re used to writing with pens, pencils, and styluses, but writing and navigating with our fingers (especially to browse the internet) still seems a bit odd (and sometimes unprofessional). The Pogo Sketch iPad stylus provides a more natural feeling when browsing the net, sketching out an idea, scribbling notes and annotations, and navigating the iPad.


For more read The Pogo Sketch iPad Stylus is Awesome, but Not with Screen Protectors, 5 Boring Household Activities Made Fun Because of the iPad, and 4 IPad Accessories You Should Buy as Soon as You Buy an iPad.


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A Reader's Response to "We Are Seven" By William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth often addressed in his poetry themes such as death, life, the way our memories affect our lives, natural piety, the innocence of youth, and the human condition. In his poem “We are seven” he manages to include all these in some way. The poem seems to be a retelling of a conversation between the voice in the poem and a little eight-year-old girl to someone the narrator addresses as “dear brother Jim.” The speaker comes upon a young girl and asks her how many brothers and sisters she has. The little girl replies that they are seven in all and goes on to tell the speaker their various locations, two of which, a brother and a sister, have already died and are buried “twelve steps or more from her mother’s door.” The narrator says that he questioned the girl, saying that they are then five and not seven. But, the little girl is steadfast that they are indeed seven and she knits by their graves and even eats her porridge with them sometimes, and that she sings to them. He tells her that their souls have gone away to heaven so they are no longer seven; they are five. The little girl refuses to give up, urging that “their graves are green, they may be seen,” she tells of memories she has of playing with her late brother and sister and no matter what he says they are seven and the narrator finally gives up.

This poem means a lot to me and it never fails to touch me when I read it. It is not so much the child’s innocence that affects me, though it is certainly a theme in this piece. More it is the idea that her siblings aren’t gone at all; she still has memories of them that she entertains and she even sits and sings to them. Their deaths couldn’t take them away from her and in many ways their spirits live on through the memories of those they touched in life and who they have left behind. Furthermore, it alludes to the idea that they also live on through nature, through the circle of life. The little girl asserts that the grass on their graves is growing healthily under the church-yard tree. This idea struck me very deeply; it gives me new thoughts and joys when I visit the graves of the ones I have lost whom I love. It is a wonderful feeling to sit in the old Sandy Creek graveyard and run my hand along the bushy Bermuda grass growing there and think of my Papa. He was the first person to die that was so close to me and though I learned of death through him when I was young, I learn so much more looking back on it with new ideas.


The child’s innocence in this poem is a perfect example of what age and experience take away from us. In William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience,” the collections of poems are contrasts to each other and illustrate the different points of view we attain as we grow older. How age, being synonymous with experience, slowly takes away our wonder for life and ultimately our optimistic views of the world. The speaker in “We are seven” tried so hard to convince the little girl that she and her siblings numbered only five, and that the other two were no longer here. If the narrator represents the voice of experience, there is an innate urge to dislike him for trying to take away the young girl’s innocence; even though he is merely arguing what he believes to be true. Who is to say he is any more right than the girl, since we all have the same concrete information about the afterlife: nothing. It is sad to think that the little girl in a few years will probably come to believe the narrator’s ideas as well. The point is, just because the narrators opinion may be less naïve, it does not necessarily make it truer or even a better opinion to hold.


One last thing that stands out to me in this poem is that the little girl in it probably has not come to the realization that she one day will also inevitably die. We try so hard to shelter our children for as long as we can until life brings the realizations to them on its own. Could the girl still entertain her current conceptions of death when she does finally come to her own reality? It is harder to believe that you will become the grass and trees and live on through those you affected and your children than it is to believe that death transports your consciousness to heaven. What happens to consciousness and your self-awareness if you only live on through the circle of life? It is difficult for us to grasp what would then be ourselves and impossible to imagine what it is like to not exist as what we know as our “self;” therefore the child understands the way things are because she does not include her own death in her conception, but it is easier for the adult to cope with the idea of dying if death does not remove self as with ascension myths.


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Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Improve Painful, Heavy Periods

Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) and dysmenorrhea (painful periods) are common ailments that affect some women, and the treatment for these conditions almost always involve anti-inflammatory medication or hormones. Some women, however, cannot take hormones, due to conditions like a history of DVTs or pulmonary embolism, certain cancer treatment, or medication interactions. When medication or hormones to treat heavy bleeding or painful periods can’t be used, the next step is invasive surgical intervention, most of which will result in infertility.

But there might be a solution that is as simple as your kitchen pantry that can help with both conditions, and many others as well, with almost no side effects, for only pennies per day: apple cider vinegar.


Apple Cider Vinegar as Medication


I wrote an article about the various over-the-counter uses in alternative, complementary medicine for apple cider vinegar. I posted that article’s link on Facebook. Tons of my friends, who are also into natural and holistic healing and health practices, commented on the amazing wonders of apple cider vinegar. Some of these included help with high blood pressure, stomach indigestion, helping absorb nutrition in food, and much more.


But by far, the number one use most of the women came back with was that it helped with the menstrual cycle.


How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Menstrual Relief


So after reading so many women who said apple cider vinegar helped with painful periods, I did a quick web search to find out if others agreed. Wow! The amount of information that can be found about this simple, inexpensive liquid that most people already have in their pantry anyway, was overwhelming. And sure enough, multiple articles, posts and websites all tout apple cider vinegar’s efficacy for treating painful periods.


To help relieve the cramps and bloating of painful periods, WebMD suggests discussing it with your doctor. However, if there are no reasons why you shouldn’t take apple cider vinegar, trying this has almost no side effects for most women (after all, we eat the exact same vinegar in salad dressings, marinades and other food dishes), so giving it a try before trying more expensive and potentially invasive or toxic options simply makes sense.


Apple Cider Vinegar for Painful Periods

At the onset of the first cramps from menstruation, take 1-2 teaspoons of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar or two tablespoons of diluted, filtered apple cider vinegar and mix it with fresh, clean, filtered water. Stir and drink it slowly. If the flavor bothers you, add some honey and lemon to your water and enjoy it that way, but do not heat the apple cider vinegar tonic, because it will lose some potency if you do. Natural, organic and local honey is a great thing to add, because it has its own health benefits as well.


Continue to drink this tonic 2-3 times per day, for the duration of your period and perhaps for a day or two afterward.


Apple Cider Vinegar for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding


Taking apple cider vinegar as a tonic, like mentioned above, works pretty much the same as for cramping, but if your bleeding doesn’t improve, you can slowly increase the amount of apple cider vinegar you use, up to 2 tablespoons organic and 4 tablespoons filtered, until the bleeding improves.


However, many women report that the heavy bleeding improves very quickly after sipping the tonic and will stay reduced as long as you drink the tonic 2-3 times per day during the week of your period.


Other Benefits from Apple Cider Vinegar


Whether apple cider vinegar helps prevent painful periods and heavy bleeding during your period if you drink the apple cider vinegar tonic every day instead of only during your period is unknown. Because of the other health benefits that you can gain from drinking this home remedy, it certainly shouldn’t hurt anything to try.


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A Guide to Medical School Admission Requirements

Although there are no universal medical school admission requirements for every one of the medical schools in the United States, there are some basic requirements that almost all schools will look at for acceptance into their program. Each medical school is going to focus on different requirements for entry into their program. Some medical schools may concentrate more on coursework while others may focus more on MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores. Before filling out any medical school application it is wise to look into the school’s specific requirements to be sure that you meet all of them.

One of the most common medical school admission requirements that one may find for any U.S. medical college is the requirement for certain coursework. Often the basic requirements for coursework involve:


  • 1 year of biology

  • 1 year of English

  • 1 year of physics

  • 2 years of chemistry (including organic chemistry)

  • Calculus class

These courses can be taken at any accredited 4-year college and most medical schools will accept credit for them.

To even be considered by medical schools, you must take the MCATs. If you are looking to get accepted by any U.S. medical school you must take this test very seriously. Your scores on the MCAT can definitely determine if you will be accepted into medical school or not. The MCATs consist of test on chemistry and biology as well as a verbal section and writing sample. It is recommended that people who are serious about being accepted into medical school should take some sort of MCAT test prep course.


An above average grade point average (GPA) is also another one of the basic medical school admission requirements. Most medical colleges will look for students that have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Any lower than a 3.5 GPA and a person may have difficulty getting accepted by the medical college. This is why it is very important that if you want to get into a medical school, you need to keep your grades up in every class you take whether it pertains to your major or not.


Every medical school requires a bachelor’s college degree, but it does not have to be in the field of science. You can have a communications degree and decide to pursue a career as a doctor and may still have a good chance at getting accepted into medical school. If you only attended a 2-year community college, you will need to attend a 4-year college and get your bachelor’s degree before you can apply for medical school.


There are also some other optional medical school admission requirements that the more well-renowned schools like John Hopkins have in place. Volunteer service, especially in regards to the medical field can look quite impressive on any medical school application. A 6 month volunteer project is going to look much better than a 6 day project. This shows a medical school that you are committed to helping others and you are going to be willing to put forth effort into your schoolwork. No medical school wants to waste time and money on potential students who are not going to be serious about learning and doing something productive with what they learn.


Even though there are no precise medical school admission requirements for each and every one of the U.S. medical schools, the above mentioned items are definitely things that you want to concentrate on if you ever plan on being accepted to medical school.


Source: http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/msar.htm


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Alternate Uses for Cheap, Undrinkable Red Wine

Those of us who enjoy wines occasionally end up with a bottle of red that tastes just downright nasty. Rather than pouring it out (as tempting as it is), you may discover like I did that even cheap, bad tasting red wine is worth keeping. Here are some alternate uses that may surprise you.

Dyeing your hair.


To add warmer colors to natural hair dyes, some recipes on the internet called for substituting the water for red wine instead. Red wine can also be applied directly to shampooed hair and allowed to set for a few minutes before rinsing.


Getting rid of a fruit fly infestation.


Fruit that has been allowed to overripen on the counter can lead to a fruit fly infestation. One easy way to get rid of those flies is to pour a few ounces of cheap red wine in a glass, and set it out in the areas where they gather. The flies climb in to the glass, get drunk and then drown.


Make wine vinegars.


Years ago, a local celebrity chef got me started on making fantastic wine vinegars using a culture and cheap red wine. You can make your own culture (I found some great instructions at howtodothings.com ) or buy a ready made Mother-of-Vinegar starter culture on-line for about $9.


Use for marinading tough steaks.


The acids in cheap red wine do an amazing job of tenderizing tough steaks. And in case you are worried about the flavor transferring, it seems to flash off in the grilling leaving behind a sweet flavor instead. My favorite homemade marinade calls for a 1:1 ratio of cheap red wine and teriyaki sauce, plus garlic and fresh ground pepper to taste. The steaks should marinade for at least a couple of hours before grilling.


Dye Easter eggs.


For those of us who have ever struggled with getting out red wine stains on a white tablecloth, we know all about the color fastness of wine. Cheap red wine is great for dying Easter eggs and tee shirts, and can also be used to tint scraps of white cotton for crafting.


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African American History: Little-Known Facts

We all know about the general history of most African Americans from our elementary school social studies classes, slavery and the whole bit, but you may have never heard the deeper story. Here are a few interesting facts about African American history in the United States that you may have never known or even heard about.

Some African Americans Owned Slaves


Unfortunately yes. There were freed African American property owners who owned other blacks as slaves. Most of these slave-owning blacks were the beginnings of a class of Americans that are now referred to as “the black elite” or “old black money.” Like white slave owners, they made a good amount of money off of the backs of free labor. The existence of black slaveowners is documented in the book Black Slaveowners by Larry Koger as well as other books penned about that era in American history.


Most African Americans have Native American Roots


A lot of African Americans claim Native American heritage. In fact, many geneological experts say that about 90% of African Americans are mixed with some level of Native American blood. This is because a lot of African Americans and Native Americans intermarried from as early as the year 1600, and were very close during slavery. In some other cases, Native Americans owned black slaves, and so intermixing occurred as well. It is not uncommon to find a Black American person with a Native American grandparent.


Who are the Gullahs or “Geechies”?


The Gullah people are a group of African Americans who reside in a coastal island off of South Carolina and Georgia in the United States of America. This group of African Americans are unique because they have managed to keep their cultural traditions, rooted in Africa, intact even through slavery. That includes their language (the Gullah speak an English based creole language with strong African roots and terminology), music, physical attributes, folk beliefs, and food (rice is very important in the Gullah culture). The word Gullah is believed to come from Angola or Gola, both places that are located in West Africa. So most people who can prove Gullah roots can say with assuredness that their people originated in West Africa.


The word Geechie, which is sometimes seen as an insult, is another term used to describe the Gullah people and is believed to come from the word “Kissi” an ethnic group central to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.


Sources:


“Descendants Of Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes” http://www.freedmen5tribes.com/index.html


“Gullah & Geechee” http://www.charlestonblackheritage.com/gullah.html


Larry Koger, “Black Slaveowners” 1985


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A Review of Men's Indoor Track and Field World Records

50 Meters: 5.56 (A) – Donovan Bailey (Canada)

Donovan Bailey set the world record on February 2, 1996, in Reno, Nevada. His time of 5.56 seconds improved the existing world record of 5.61 seconds established by Manfred Kokot of the former German Democratic Republic, on February 4, 1973, in Berlin, Germany (then the GDR), and equaled by James Sanford of the United States, on February 20, 1981, in San Diego, California. On February 13, 1999, in Los Angeles, Maurice Greene of the United States equaled Bailey’s time, but the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) never recognized Greene’s time as equaling the world record.


60 Meters: 6.38 – Maurice Greene (USA)


Maurice Greene set the world record on March 2, 1998 in Madrid, Spain. His time of 6.38 seconds eclipsed the existing world record of 6.41 seconds, set by countryman Andre Cason on February 14, 1992, also in Madrid. Greene equaled his world record on March 3, 2001, in Atlanta, Georgia. One of history’s best at 60 meters, Greene produced six of the ten fastest times.


200 Meters: 19.92 – Frank Fredericks (Namibia)


Frank Fredericks set the world record on February 18, 1996, in Liéven, France. His performance of 19.92 seconds, clipped .33 of a second off the world record set by Linford Christie of Great Britain on February 19, 1995, also in Liéven. In Christie’s record setting race, Fredericks finished second in 20.26 seconds. Fredericks remains the only man to have run 200 meters in less than 20 seconds indoors.


400 Meters: 44.57 – Kerron Clement (USA)


Kerron Clement set the world record on March 12, 2005, at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His time of 44.57 seconds eclipsed the world record of 44.63 seconds, set by Michael Johnson on March 4, 1995, at the USATF Championships, in Atlanta, Georgia.


800 Meters: 1:42.68 – Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)


Wilson Kipketer set the world record on March 9, 1997, at the IAAF Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Paris, France. His time of 1:42.68 improved the world record of 1:43.96, which he had established in the first round of qualifying heats on March 7, 1997, by more than a second. Prior to Kipketer’s overhaul of the 800 meter world record, the previous standard stood at 1:44.84, established by Paul Ereng of Kenya, on March 4, 1989, at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Budapest Hungary.


1,000 Meters: 2:14.96 – Wilson Kipketer (Denmark)


Wilson Kipketer set the world record on February 20, 2000, in Birmingham, England. His time of 2:14.86 improved the world record of 2:15.25, which he had set two-weeks earlier in Stuttgart, Germany, by .39 of a second. Before Kipketer’s record setting performance in Stuttgart, the world record stood at 2:15.26, set by Noureddine Morceli of Algeria, on February 22, 1992, in Birmingham, England.


1,500 Meters: 3:31.18 – Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)


Hicham El Guerrouj set the world record on February 2, 1997, in Stuttgart, Germany. His time of 3:31.18 took nearly 3 seconds off the record of 3:34.16, set by Noureddine Morceli of Algeria, on February 28, 1991. At the time of his world record, Hicham El Guerrouj’s best outdoor time for 1,500 meters stood at 3:28.92.


1 Mile: 3:48.45 – Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco)


Hicham El Guerrouj set the world record on February 12, 1997, in Ghent, Belgium. His time of 3:48.45 eclipsed the world record of 3:49.78, set by Eamonn Coghlan, of Ireland, on February 27, 1983, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Besides El Guerrouj and Coghlan, the only other sub-3:50 performance indoors belongs to Bernard Lagat, then of Kenya, who clocked 3:49.89 on February 11, 2005, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


3,000 Meters: 7:24.90 – Daniel Komen (Kenya)


Daniel Komen set the world record on February 2, 1998, in Budapest, Hungary. His time of 7:24.90 erased the world record of 7:26.15 set by Haile Gebrselassie, of Ethiopia, less than two weeks before in Karlsruhe, Germany. Between them, Komen and Gebrselassie hold seven of the ten fastest times recorded for 3,000 meters indoors, with Gebrselassie claiming five.


5,000 Meters: 12:49.60 – Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)


Kenenisa Bekele set the world record on February 20, 2004, in Birmingham, England. His time of 12:49.60 improved the world record of 12:50.38 held by fellow Ethiopian, Haile Gebrselassie, since February 14, 1999. In addition to Bekele and Gebrselassie, only Daniel Komen, with a time of 12:51.48, has run 5,000 in less than 13 minutes indoors. Gebrselassie first accomplished the feat on February 20, 1997, with a time of 12:59.04, in Stockholm, Sweden.


50 Meter Hurdles: 6.25 – Mark McKoy (Canada)


Mark McKoy set the world record on March 5, 1986, in Kobe, Japan. His time of 6.25 seconds improved the world record of 6.35 seconds clocked by Greg Foster on January 27, 1985, in Rosemont, Illinois, by .10 of a second.


60 Meter Hurdles: 7.30 – Colin Jackson (Great Britain)


Colin Jackson set the world record on March 6, 1994, in Sindelfingen, Germany. His time of 7.30 seconds clipped .06 of a second off of the world record of 7.36 seconds which he had shared with Greg Foster, of the United States, since February 12, 1994. Foster originally established the shared global standard on January 16, 1987, in Los Angeles, California.


High Jump: 2.43 Meters (7 feet 11½ inches) – Javier Sotomayor (Cuba)


Javier Sotomayor set the world record on March 4, 1989, at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Budapest Hungary. His jump of 2.43 meters (7 feet 11½ inches) improved the existing world record of 2.42 meters (7 feet 11¼ inches) held by Carlo Thärnhardt, of the former German Federal Republic, since February 26, 1988. At the time of his indoor record setting performance, Sotomayor also held the world record for the high jump outdoors at 2.43 meters (7 feet 11½ inches). Of the top ten high jumps indoors, Sotomayor leads with four, followed by Thärnhardt and Patrick Sjöberg of Sweden, with two each.


Pole Vault: 6.15 Meters (20 feet 2 inches) – Sergey Bubka (Ukraine)


Sergey Bubka set the world record on February 21, 1993 in Donetsk, Ukraine. His height of 6.15 meters (20 feet 2 inches) improved the world record of 6.14 meters (20 feet 1¾ inches) which he set eight days earlier in Liéven, France. Both of these heights exceeded Bubka’s best outdoor performance at the time, a world record of 6.13 meters (20 feet 1¼ inches), established September 9, 1992, in Tokyo, Japan. Except for a vault of 6.06 meters (19 feet 10½ inches) by Steven Hooker, of Australia, on February 7, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts, Bubka owns 11 of history’s 12 best indoor performances, including six over 6.09 meters (20 feet).


Long Jump: 8.79 Meters (28 feet 10¼ inches) – Carl Lewis (USA)


Carl Lewis set the world record on January 27, 1984, at the Millrose Games in New York, NY. His jump of 8.79 meters (28 feet 10¼ inches) exceeded the existing world record of 8.56 meters (28 feet 1 inch), which he set on January 16, 1982, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, by .23 of a meter (9¼ inches)! Lewis, a three-time world record holder in the long jump indoors, established his first, 8.49 meters (27 feet 10¼ inches), on February 20, 1981, in Fort Worth, Texas. That performance surpassed the world record of 8.38 meters (27 feet 6 inches) set by Larry Myricks of the USA on January 11, 1980, in Johnson City, Tennessee.


Triple Jump: 17.83 Meters (58 feet 6 inches) – Aliecer Urrutia (Cuba) & Christian Olsson (Sweden)


Aliecer Urrutia set the world record on March 1, 1997, in Singelfingen, Germany. His jump of 17.83 meters (58 feet 6 inches) improved the existing world record of 17.77 meters (58 feet 3¼ inches) held by Leonid Voloshin, of Russia, since February 6, 1994, by .06 of a meter (2¾ inches), and his outdoor best of 17.70 meters (58 feet ¾ inch), set on June 6, 1996, in Seville, Spain, by .13 of a meter (5¼ inches). On March 7, 2004, in Budapest, Hungary, Christian Olsson, of Sweden, equaled the world record , exceeding his outdoor best of 17.79 meters (58 feet 4¼ inches), established August 22, 2004, in winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.


Shot Put: 22.66 meters (74 feet 4 ¼ inches) – Randy Barnes (USA)


Randy Barnes set the world record on January 20, 1989, in Los Angeles, California. His throw of 22.66 meters (74 feet 4¼ inches) exceeded the existing world record of 22.26 meters (73 feet ½ inch) established by Werner Günthör of Switzerland, February 8, 1987, in Magglingen, Switzerland, as well as his outdoor best of 22.42 meters (73 feet 6¾ inches) from August 17, 1988, in Zürich, Switzerland.


Heptathlon: 6,476 points – Dan O’Brien (USA)


Dan O’Brien set the world record on March 14, 1993, at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Toronto, Canada. His score of 6,476 points improved the existing world record of 6,289 established by Christian Plaziat, of France, on February 2, 1992, at the European Indoor Championships, in Genoa, Italy.


5,000 Meters Walk: 18:07.08 – Mikhail Shchennikov (Russia)


Mikhail Shchennikov set the world record on February 14, 1995, in Moscow, Russia. His time of 18:07.08 improved the existing world record of 18:11.41, set by Ronald Weigel, of the former German Democratic Republic, on February 13, 1988, in Vienna, Austria.


4 X 200 Meter Relay: 1:22.11 – Great Britain & N.I.


Linford Christie, Darren Braithwaite, Ade Mafe, and John Regis of Great Britain and Northern Ireland set the world record on March 3, 1991, in Glasgow, Scotland. Their time of 1:22.11 beat the existing world record of 1:22.32, set by the Italian foursome of Stefano Tilli, Giovanni Bongiorni, Pierfrancesco Pavoni, and Carlo Simionato, on February 11, 1984 in Turin, Italy.


4 X 400 Meter Relay: 3:01.96 – United States


Kerron Clement, Wallace Spearmon, Darold Williamson, and Jeremy Wariner of United States set the world record on February 11, 2006, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Their time of 3:01.96 improved the existing world record of 3:02.83 set by Andre Morris, Dameon Johnson, Deon Minor, and Milton Campbell of the United States on March 7, 1999, at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Maebishi, Japan.


4 X 800 Meter Relay: 7:13.94 – Global Athletics & Marketing (USA)


Joey Woody, Karl Paranyal, Rich Kenah, and David Krummenacker of the United States, representing Global Athletics & Marketing set the world record on February 6, 2000, in Boston, Massachusetts. Their time of 7:13.94 beat the world record of 7:17.45, established by Clemson University on March 11, 1989, in Indianapolis, Indiana. In Global Athletics & Marketing’s record setting race, Reebok Enclave and the Santa Monica Track Club also bettered the previous world record.


References:


Athletics Weekly, European Indoor Championships (Men), GBR Athletics


Athletics Weekly, IAAF Indoor Track and Field Championships, GBR Athletics


Athletics Weekly, NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, GBR Athletics


Athletics Weekly, Olympic Games Medalists – Athletics (Men), GBR Athletics


Athletics Weekly, United States Indoor Championships (Men 1943-), GBR Athletics


IAAF, 6th IAAF World Indoor Championships – 800 Metres Men – Final – 09-03-97, 6th IAAF World Indoor Championships


IAAF, 6th IAAF World Indoor Championships – 800 Metres Men – First Round – 07-03-97, 6th IAAF World Indoor Championships


IAAF, 7th IAAF World Indoor Championships In Athletics – Results, 7th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics – Results


Ottavio Castellini, 1,000 Meters All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 1,500 Meters All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 200 Meters All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 3,000 Meters All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 4 X 200 Meters Relay All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 4 X 400 Meters Relay All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 4 X 800 Meters Relay All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 400 Meters All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 5,000 Meters All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 5,000 Meters Walk All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 50 Meters All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 50 Meters Hurdles All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 60 Meters All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 60 Meters Hurdles All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, 800 Meters All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Aliecer Urrutia, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Andre Cason, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Bernard Lagat, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Carl Lewis, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Carlo Thärnhardt, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Christian Olsson, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Christian Plaziat, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Clemson University, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Colin Jackson, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Dan O’Brien, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Daniel Komen, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Donovan Bailey, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Eamonn Coghlan, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Frank Fredericks, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Global Athletics & Marketing, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Greg Foster, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Haile Gebrselassie, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Heptathlon All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Hicham El Guerrouj, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, High Jump All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Italy, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, James Sanford, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Javier Sotomayor, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Kenenisa Bekele, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Kerron Clement, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Larry Myricks, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Leonid Voloshin, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Linford Christie, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Long Jump All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Manfred Kokot, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Mark McKoy, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Maurice Greene, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Michael Johnson, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Mikhail Shchennikov, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Noureddine Morceli, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Patrick Sjöberg, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Paul Ereng, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Poland, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Pole Vault All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Randy Barnes, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Reebok Enclave, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Ronald Weigel, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Santa Monica Track Club, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Sergey Bubka, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Shot Put All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Steven Hooker, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Triple Jump All-Time, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, United States, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Werner Günthör, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


Ottavio Castellini, Wilson Kipketer, IAAF – The Official Athletics Website


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An Honest Review of Restoril: Aid for Insomniacs

Many Americans are suffering from a problem that causes depression, panic attacks and even suicide. Surprisingly, this problem we are suffering from is called insomnia. Insomnia may seem like a small scale problems for those who do not suffer from it…but for those who have experienced it, it is a huge problem that has consequences in one’s life, physically, mentally, socially, financially and in every other aspect of a person’s life. For insomnia, many doctors recommend Restoril as the magic solution to the problem.

Restoril is in the drug class known as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines work by slowing down the actions of the central nervous system, which is essentially your brain. This causes the effects of drowsiness, and in turn, more sleep.


It is interesting to note that when the drug Restoril was being tested during clinical studies, a controlled trial using a placebo was conducted. those that were subjected to Restoril as opposed to those who were given the placebo showed a huge improvement in sleeping pattern. An elderly patient who had previously suffered from early morning awakenings actually slept through the night using Restoril. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) was observed in patients as they slept, and those conducting the clinical Restoril trials noted that the period of REM sleep was stable, which leads to a more productive type of sleeping. REM sleep is important to understand for a person who suffers from insomnia. When REM sleep is occurring, the brain is busy. It’s dreaming. This stage may last 10 to 90 minutes. To those who suffer from insomnia, the less REM sleep that is experienced, the more trouble the brain has adjusting during the day. There is even evidence that with decreased REM sleep, people may have trouble remembering and learning new things. Also, since REM sleep is also known to occur during deep sleep, the organs of the body have a chance to repair and renew from the damage of the previous day.


There are, however, downfalls to Restoril. These are the side effects. They include high incidences of anxiety, drowsiness during the day, fatigue, a feeling of being ‘hung over’, lightheadedness, headaches, clumsiness, nausea, nervousness, sluggishness, and unusual weakness. On a web site that reports the side effects and comments of everyday people who use Restoril (http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=18163&name=RESTORIL), one person compared Restoril to ‘truth serum’ , as he felt confused, disoriented, and amnesiac. Many people reported ‘minor memory loss’. Many did report very vivid, strange dreams. Strangely, a good amount reported hunger, as well as crying spells and feelings of depression, but this seemed to occur in those who were already suffering from some type of depression.


If you are thinking about taking Restoril, it is extremely important that you know this: You can not try to have a baby while taking Restoril. Taking Restoril while trying to conceive or being pregnant has a high chance of causing birth defects in the unborn baby. It can also cause addiction and symptoms of withdrawal in the baby, and does pass through breast milk. Also, since this drug is acting as a sedative, taking alcohol while taking Restoril is an extremely bad idea. It can increase the side effects and enhance the drug, and a fatality may occur. Restoril may become habit forming…more mentally than physically. A doctor should not prescribe this for a long period of time due to the habit forming quality of Restoril. To get off an ‘addiction’ to Restoril, one would have to ‘taper off’ slowly, and it can take a year or more.


If any feeling of suicide come to pass, you must talk to your doctor immediately concerning these feelings and the use of Restoril.


Before trying Restoril, however, I would encourage you to try other methods to help you in falling asleep. You may or may not have researched these already, but you can look into soft music playing at night, reading, excersising during the day, taking a warm bath, having a steady routine day to day, yoga, meditation, avoiding caffeine and nicotine and alcohol (alcohol is the leading cause of poor sleep, by the way…), and avoiding heavy meals before bedtime. If you have tried everything you possibly could and stuff suffer from insomnia, it’s time to talk to your doctor about Restoril. It could be the magic drug that could help you drift off to a deep sleep that you and your body deserve.


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30 Day Water Fast

At some point in your life the word fast or fasting may have been introduced. In most cases the word fasting makes you cringe in horror simply because of what it represents. No one generally wants to deprive themselves of anything especially the things they really enjoy doing. However, fasting should be considered when your body starts displaying symptoms of imbalance in the body, spirit and mind.

Who should consider fasting? An indication that your body needs natural restoration is when your mind no longer seems clear but cloudy and less sharp. Another indication is feelings of fatigue, lack of interest, physical heaviness, weight gain or sudden illnesses.


Though there are many different forms of fasting the one with the most benefits is water fasting. In simplest terms water fasting is the process of drinking only water which can be either bottled or distilled for an extended period of time. Tap water is generally not recommended for a water fast because of its harshness to the system. The longer the fast the better the benefits. A water fast should not go longer than 30 days and a doctor should be consulted if you are trying to fast for a long period of time. You may ask yourself how living off of a diet of only water beneficial. Well there are many benefits to water fasting which includes the elimination of waste that is trapped inside of the body via the lymphoid, fatty tissue and the colon.


After the first two days of your fast your body will recognize that something has changed and will start the process of restoring itself to its original state. Feelings of hunger for the first few days are normal and shouldn’t cause any unnecessary alarm. Other symptoms that the fast is working are headaches the severity depends on the amount of toxins in your body, Feeling lightheaded which can be caused if you are over exerting yourself while you fast which is not recommended and nausea. These symptoms usually occur during the first stage of the fast when the body is ridding itself of dangerous toxins that are trapped in the body. So now that you have started the fast what are the benefits you may want to know.


There are several benefits to water fasting; the first is the clarity you will experience. Your brain will no longer feel like you have a gray cloud following you around. You will also feel much lighter and full of energy. There have been cases of major illnesses being cured from water fasting. So its healing components are phenomenal. But the most obvious benefits to water fasting are the amount of weight that can be lost. During a fast your body begins to burn stored fat to survive. The best part about the weight loss is that it doesn’t require a gym or any exercise. Exercise is actually forbidden because you aren’t giving it energy (food) However, once food is put back into the diet you will have to work to maintain any weight that was lost. Fasting can become addicting so it is not recommended for long stretches of time. It is also not for the weak willed. It takes determination, a strong will and a desire to naturally heal yourself and a resolve to help keep you committed. Remember to consult with a Doctor if you have any ongoing or major health conditions before starting any fasting program.


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A Good Sports Bra is Good for Your Back and Your Breasts

You’ve probably heard that you should wear a good bra but do you know how important it is when it comes to you exercising and working out? If you want to keep yourself in good shape, part of this will require getting the right bra. A good sports bra will help you in more ways than you imagine. The right sports bra is good for your back and for your breasts.

The right sports bra can prevent saggy or dropping breasts and it can help prevent back pain and other damage caused by the motions of exercising. Whether you are going for a jog, working out in the gym or playing your favorite sport, you need to be sure you have the right sports bra for the occasion.


To understand why a good bra will help you, it’s important to know something about your body. Your breasts do not contain anything to support themselves naturally. Even if you work out and build chest muscle, there is little in the way of support for the breasts which are made up of mostly fatty tissues. There is something called Cooper’s Ligaments which helps you naturally support your breasts and also the skin which will stretch over time. So you need something additional to help you support your breasts.


Exercising without the proper support can cause pain, especially with larger breasts that move around during exercise. A sport bra is made to support the breasts, fit snugly and not allow for movement of the breasts while running or exercising. This prevents one thing that most women dread- sagging breasts. It also prevents pain that can come after exercising and stretching of the skin. Breasts that are not properly supported, especially larger breasts, have been known to cause back and neck problems as well.


Any type of bra will give you more support than none at all but if you want maximum support, you want a sport bra designed for use in exercise and activity and you want to be sure it is in the proper size for you. An incorrectly sized bra can cause discomfort. Sports bras as specifically designed to be more supportive, more absorbent and are usually created with breathable, stretchable fabric.


They help reduce irritation by pulling sweat away from the body. A good sport bra will have cups to support the breasts and prevent movement from side to side. This also prevents the dreaded uni-breast effect that comes from cheap sport bra that squishes both breasts together in the middle.


A good sports bra will also have wide, non-elastic straps and any fasteners will be coated or covered to prevent running against the skin or body. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors to suit your needs. When you choose the right sports bra, you are doing your body and your breasts a big favor.


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A Product Review of Pictsweet Steam'ables Garlic Shrimp Fettuccini: No Saturated Fat

I love almost any dish that includes shrimp! When I spotted Pictsweet Steam’ables Garlic Shrimp Fettuccini in the frozen food section of my local grocery store, I could not pass it by! I decided to purchase this meal and write a product review about my findings! Here is what I discovered!

As a garlic lover and a shrimp lover, this product really appealed to me! Pictsweet Steam’ables Garlic Shrimp Fettuccini is affordable, around four dollars, for a package containing two servings. One thing that I will go ahead and tell you, though this product is advertised as a complete meal for two, it is best used as a side dish, in my opinion! There are two servings in each package and they make a great side dish for me to serve with steaks or other seafood but, as a meal alone, it is not enough to fill two people up, in my opinion! That being said, I will say that this product is absolutely delicious and if you are a garlic and shrimp lover, this dish will indeed please you! It did me.


The preparation of Pictsweet Steam’ables Garlic Shrimp Fettuccini is fabulously simple, easy and quick! I only had to place the bag in my microwave for around seven minutes. No tearing or piercing of the bag is required! After cooking, let stand for one minute, shake bag gently and open. I poured the contents into two bowls for serving. This fettuccini dish is juicy and putting it into a bowl helps all of the flavors and juices combine nicely! You stir and serve! This product has pasta, shrimp, onions, tomatoes, red peppers, yellow peppers, garlic, natural butter flavor and many other ingredients! I discovered that this dish is absolutely yummy! You can also prepare this dish on the stove top, if you prefer.


Pictsweet Steam’ables Garlic Shrimp Fettuccini has a strong taste of garlic that enhances the shrimp and noodles. The noodles in this dish turned out perfect and delicious! I was very pleased with this product. It is tasty, easy to prepare and it goes well with many meals that I serve. I like to serve this product with steaks, crab, fish or oyster stew. The buttery garlic flavor of this product tastes gourmet. This product makes my meals extra special and I love it! I rate Pictsweet Steam’ables Garlic Shrimp Fettuccini four and one half stars out of five stars. Again, I like to use this product as a tasty side dish. It works better for me, that way. I really enjoyed trying this product and writing a product review about it. It is a winner and very popular in my household!


One serving of Pictsweet Steam’ables Garlic Shrimp Fettuccini has only one hundred and eighty calories in it! Only fifteen of these calories are from fat. One serving has only one and one half grams of total fat, zero grams of saturated fat, forty mgs of cholesterol, six hundred and ten mgs of sodium, twenty-five grams of total carbs, one gram of dietary fiber, three grams of sugars and nine grams of protein. One serving also provided me with thirty-five percent of my daily required vitamin C, ten percent of my vitamin A, eight percent of my iron and four percent of my daily calcium need. Not bad. I liked the no saturated fat aspect of this meal, especially since it is so tasty! This product does contain milk, shrimp and wheat ingredients, for those folks looking out for those ingredients.


The herbs, vegetables, buttery garlic and shrimp, along with tender noodles, make this fettuccini wonderful, in my opinion! Still, it is not enough to feed two people. You need something more with this dish, I think. I do, however, love this product. It is good and easy to fix. You can find Pictsweet Steam’ables Garlic Shrimp Fettuccini in the frozen food section of many grocery stores! You can find out more information about this product by visiting the pictsweet.com web site! This product will wake up your taste buds, that is for sure! Delightfully so.


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