Hannah's Headlines- 4/25/2018

CDC Warns Romaine Still At Risk For E.Coli

You’ve probably heard that there’s an E. coli outbreak in the U.S. that’s been linked to romaine lettuce. The government thinks the lettuce is from the Yuma, Arizona area, but they’re not sure the specific grower, supplier, or distributor. So now, the CDC warns us not to eat any romaine lettuce unless we know where it comes from – and specifically, that we avoid any that’s grown in the Copper State.

The advisory includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, as well as chopped and bagged romaine and salad mixes that include romaine. Still, Consumer Reports is advising folks to avoid ALL romaine lettuce because “it’s unrealistic to expect consumers to figure out whether their romaine was produced in Arizona.” (But you can look on the packaging…just sayin)

The CDC says it can take around three to four days after coming into contact with E.coli before you start feeling symptoms. So far at least 64 people in 16 states have been infected with the same E. coli strain and 31 of them have been hospitalized. So for once, you’re healthier not eating the lettuce.

Source: CBS News

Amazon Will Now Deliver To Your Car

As we previously told you, back in November, Amazon launched the new service, Amazon Key, which basically allows delivery folks to come into your house when you are not there and leave your package inside. The service was met with a lot of criticism and ribbing, but that hasn’t stopped the online giant from testing out new ways for folks to get their packages easily.

The company has now launched what they are calling Amazon Key In-Car, which is available to Prime members in the 37 areas that already offer Amazon Key. Basically, the service allows delivery men to leave your package inside the trunk of your car, turning your car into a sort of locker. 

Unlike Amazon Key, which costs $220 for a smart lock and camera in your home, Key In-Car is free, but only available for certain car brands with either an active OnStar account, or Volvo cars with a Volvo On Call account. All you have to do is download the Amazon Key app, and choose In-Car when ordering, and then tell the service where your car will be parked, and where to put the package like say the trunk, or even under the seat. Once the driver finds your car and is next to it, they tap on the app which opens the lock, and the driver makes their delivery.

  • Now if you’re worried about drivers stealing your car, it’s understandable but Amazon insists the service can only lock and unlock the doors and the trunk, and can not start the car. It also insures the driver locks up the car when they're done because they won’t get info on their next delivery until it happens.

Source: USA Today


Woman Takes Out Her Own Breast Implants Using a Cutter

14 years ago, Tonia Rossington, from Skegness, Lincolnshire UK, underwent a breast-enlargement procedure in Brussels, which increased her bust size from 36B to 36F. At the time, she felt her large breast looked natural, but a few years later, she lost a lot of weight and she began to hate them. She thought they looked ridiculous and couldn’t bare the thought that she was stuck with them for the rest of her life. So she started weighing her options, and somehow eventually decided that the best thing to do was to remove the implants herself.

A year ago, after learning that a private operation to have the implants removed would cost her £3,000 ($4,200) – which she couldn’t afford –she started thinking more seriously about a DIY operation. First, she started Googling it, and learned that only one other woman had attempted it before, and she had managed to get out one before passing out and being rushed to the hospital. But that didn’t discourage her. The Metro reports that she looked up tutorials on how to do the operation at home, then bought a $1 cutter and decided to get it done while her husband was at work.

“I went upstairs, I got the mirror in front of me. I sat there for a while and thought I’d just cut a little bit to see if it hurts,” Tonnia recalled. She goes on to describe the procedure in great detail, from how she traced the line of her 14-year-old scar, being careful not to hit any major veins or arteries, and how she felt this jelly that turned out to be her fatty tissue, to how she eventually pushed down on her implants until they eventually popped out…

Link: http://www.odditycentral.com/news/woman-takes-out-her-own-breast-implants-using-a-cutter.html

Sneakers Made From Recycled Chewing Gum

Most people aren’t big on the idea of gum on their shoe, but what about wearing shoes made of gum? Yep, it’s a thing. An Amsterdam company has created the world’s first line of sneakers made up recycled gum. Marketing organization Iamsterdam, designer Explicit Wear and a sustainability company Gumdrop have teamed up to create the Gumshoe. The sneaker’s sole is made up of a compound “Gum-Tec,” which is made of 20 percent gum.

Gumdrop uses around two-point-two pounds of gum in every four pairs of sneakers. The gum used is scraped straight from Amsterdam’s streets. Managing Director and Designer at Gumdrop Anna Bullus says, “We discovered gum is made from a synthetic rubber. And by breaking down these properties, we were able to create a new type of rubber.” So the question is, why gum?

Gumdrop says around 3.3-million pounds of gum make it on the streets of Amsterdam each year. “We started looking for a way to make people aware of this problem… That’s when the idea began to create a product people actually want from something no one cares about,” notes spokesperson Jonathan Van Loon. He adds that the rubber formed from the gum is just as strong as the average rubber and if you’re wondering, yes, it does smell of gum.

Source: The Verge

People With a Strong Handshake Are More Intelligent: Study

People with a strong handshake are more intelligent and have better memories, a study suggests.

Researchers say muscular strength, measured by hand grip, is an indication of how healthy our brains are.

The University of Manchester analysis of 475,397 people from across the UK found stronger people of all ages performed better in every test of brain function. That included reaction speed, problem solving and memory.

The results, published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, may prove useful for bosses recruiting staff, with the greeting handshake a telltale sign of braininess.

Weak grip has been linked to a higher risk of heart-disease death and falls and fractures in OAPs.

The latest study accounted for differences in age, gender, weight and education.

The team now wants to establish if trips to the gym or lifting weights at home can improve brainpower.

Study leader Dr. Joseph Firth said: “We can see there is a clear connection between muscular strength and brain health.”

Link: https://nypost.com/2018/04/23/people-with-a-strong-handshake-are-more-intelligent-study/

A Startling Amount Of Kids Under Six Own Smartphones

These days it isn’t uncommon for parents to shove an electronic device in their kids’ faces to keep them quiet during a meal or while running an errand, but believe it or not, there’s a good chance that phone the kid’s using doesn’t actually belong to their parents.

A new survey by musicMagpie finds that about 25% of children six and under actually own their own mobile device, which represents a 300% increase year-over-year in people buying phones for their kids. This number is huge, considering most parents believe 11 is the “ideal” age for kids to get their first smartphone.

As for why parents are buying their kids their own tech, a third say their kid simply asked for it, while 20% did it to keep them entertained.

And while it’s smart for parents to keep limits on how long their kids use their tech, that doesn’t really seem to be happening. The truth is, 80% of parents say they don’t limit the time their kids are on their smartphones, with half of kids six and under spending as much as 21 hours per week on their devices.

Source: Study Finds



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