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  • 3...2...1...

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    ...Concussion!

  • A quick 9 holes after work? Amazing video ahead!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    Golfers in Campbell University's PGA Golf Management program in North Carolina is going viral -- and with very good reason. Nine golfing students line up next to each other in a straight line on a putting green and then...well, just watch the video!

  • The coldest city on earth- aka, the place I will NEVER visit- 98 below!!!???

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    Alone in the ice: A lone man walks across a courtyard in the village, home to around 500 people, which was, in the 1920s and 1930s, a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring

    The valley of Oymyakon in northeast Russia is known as the 'Pole of Cold' and with an average January temperature of -58 F (it gets as cold as -95 F) , it's no wonder the village is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.

    This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth and the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern Hemisphere. 

    Nomadic no more: Smoke rises from houses as residents try to keep warm in the depths of winter where, in the 1920s and 1930s, it was a stopover for reindeer herders until the Soviet government made the site permanent in efforts to settle nomadic people

    The village, which is home to about 500 people, was, in the 1920s and 1930s, a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring.  But the Soviet government, in its efforts to settle nomadic populations, believing them to be difficult to control and technologically and culturally backward, made the site a permanent settlement.



    Daily problems that come with living in Oymyakon include pen ink freezing, glasses freezing to people's faces and batteries losing power. Locals are said to leave their cars running all day for fear of not being able to restart them. 

    Even if there was coverage for mobile phone reception the phones themselves would not work in such cold conditions.

    Yakutsk Village of Oymyakon

    Another problem caused by the frozen temperatures is burying dead bodies, which can take anything up to three days. The earth must first be thawed sufficiently in order to dig it, so a bonfire is lit for a couple of hours. Hot coals are then pushed to the side and a hole a couple of inches deep is dug. The process is repeated for several days until the hole is deep enough to bury the coffin.

    Ironically, Oymyakon actually means 'non-freezing water' due to a nearby hot spring.

    A petrol station on the road to Oymyakon

    Nothing grows there so people eat reindeer meat and horsemeat. A single shop provides the town's bare necessities and the locals work as reindeer-breeders, hunters and ice-fisherman. 

    Doctors say the reason the locals don't suffer from malnutrition is that their animals' milk contains a lot of micronutrients.

    There are few modern conveniences in the village - with many buildings still having outdoor toilets. When coal deliveries are irregular the power station starts burning wood. If the power ceases, the town shuts down in about five hours, and the pipes freeze and crack.



     




  • Air Horn Prank...FABULOUS!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    I know a couple of airhorn "enthusiasts"...who are going to do this.  Hey, so long as it's not to me, go for it.  

  • Bacon is now considered a fruit- eat up!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    If the grocery store says it's a fruit- then it's a fruit.  Mental note- it's finally time for me to start eating more fruit.

  • Hate Neckties? Then This is For You!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    ZIP TIE

    A fashion designer from California has found a way to make the process of tying a tie a little zippier.  Josh Jakus is behind the new Zip Tie, a garment that can be draped around the neck and then zipped together to create a unique kind of neckwear.  Jakus says he came up with the design after his company was left with a surplus of felt and zippers.  He admits it probably won't replace the original tie, but that's fine with him.  Jakus explains that the Zip Tie is "perfect for any occasion where you want to both look good and different at the same time."  He adds that he has a friend who even wears it to government functions in Washington, DC.  Anyone interested in the Zip Tie can get more information at ActualSF.com.    

  • We'll see you in July!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    My advice, get a bus pass...because you won't be driving anytime soon.