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August 13, 2017

What is it like to be struck by lightning?

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For an article that appeared in the July 13, 2017 Guardian, Charlotte Huff interviewed a number of survivors.

Their accounts are beyond harrowing.

From the story: "Of every 10 people hit by lightning, nine will survive to tell the tale. But they could suffer a variety of short- and long-term effects. The list is lengthy and daunting: cardiac arrest, confusion, seizures, dizziness, muscle aches, deafness, headaches, memory deficits, distractibility, personality changes, and chronic pain, among others."

Below, a shirt, boot, and hat worn by people struck by lightning (all survived).

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LS & ESSI (Lightning Strike & Electric Shock Survivors, International) is an organization whose members share one thing: they've all been struck by lighting.

The group began in the early 1990s with 13 survivors and now has nearly 2,000 members, in the U.S. and 13 other countries.

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Apply within.

August 13, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Internet Speed Test: Fast, Cheap [and Under Control]

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I happened on fast.com last week: it's the simplest, easiest-to-use internet speed test site I've yet to encounter.

It's hard to see how it could be any more minimalist: unlike speedtest.net (which requires you to click "GO" and takes 10-15 seconds to yield a download speed result), fast starts the moment the site opens on your screen and produces a result in 5-7 seconds.

Free, the way we like it.

Sure, you say, but it's only download speed, no ping or upload speed data.

Oh, gee, you're right: where should I send your refund?

Sheesh!

August 13, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Milk Bottle Light

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From the website:

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The Milk Bottle Light is a fun, rechargeable, battery-powered ambient light, styled in the form of a retro milk bottle.

Crafted from glass and white plastic with a cork stopper, it will cast a gentle glow around your room.

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The light comes with a micro-USB charging cable.

7.5"H x 3"Ø.

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$17.41 (milk not included).

Wait a second....

Hey, what's that music I'm hearing?

August 13, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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