I am now smartserve certified. I wrote and told my sister about it and how it made me realise I needed to redo my long expired St-John's certification. She informed me of the following:

You should definitely update the saint john's certification. A lot of things have changed. In practice, non medical related personel are not longer required to check for "normal" breath sounds. CPR now starts with 30 compressions (used to be 15), THAN 2 breaths (used to be breaths first). That's just the major changes. Lots of subtleties. None of this means your odds are better of surviving cardiac arrest, but it's a start.*

*she's an intern becoming an ER doc.

random things about strained ankles )I brilliantly got rid of all 7 tenser bandages I had after chest surgery.

I haven't had a painkiller in my home in over 6 years. I donated the percoset I had prescribed post-chest surgery to a friend going in for her orchitectomy. I'm considering asking someone to bring me some ibuprofen. ETA:  [livejournal.com profile] indigoboyca  came with an ankle brace, a tenser bandage (for night time) and ibuprofen! I feel so spoiled by my friends.
[livejournal.com profile] femmejenn  joked earlier that if I move (back) to Europe for a while upon my return I would find out that Turtle Island swam away to smite me. The play on the 1st Nations name for this continent lead to a discussion on the origins of continental names. However, I quickly realised I didn't know the etymology of all the continental names (heck, I don't even know all the different names for the continents). Here's what a horrificly shady research tells me:

toponomy and continent )
America is named after Amerigo who was named after Saint Emeric of Hungary )
turtle island )
Arctic come from the word "Arktikos" which comes from Arktos, the Greek name for the constellation of the Great Bear Ursa Major, visible only in the Northern Hemisphere.

Antartica got it's name from the Greek word "antarktikos". The word antarktikos, is a combination of the Greek words "anti" and "arktikos", which means "opposite the Arctic".

The word Australia is derived from the Latin word "Australis", meaning of the South.

Europe & Asia )Africa )
I have evidently just finished eaten something past its due date. My digestive system would like to know if it would be innapropriate cultural appropriation to request Hara Kiri. Doing a little more research on that, evidently it would be. Rather unfortunate at the moment.
tyresias: (simpson)

Today children in Timor-Leste (East Timor) are among the most disadvantaged in the world. Almost half are undernourished, 12 per cent do not reach their fifth birthday and only one in five attends secondary school (UNDP HDR 2004). (To find out more check out www.alolafoundation.org, www.etan.org or www.oxfam.org.au/easttimor.)

If you are an adult of “average”* weight, here’s what you do in 24 hours:
*average was not specified anywhere, I dare not speculate 

Your heart beats 103, 689 times
Your blood travels 168,000 miles
You breathe 23, 040 times
You inhale 438 cubic feet of air
You lose in weight 7.8 pounds of waste
You perspire 1.43 pints of moisture
Your nails grow 0.00046 inches
Your hair grows 0.1717 inches
You exercise 7,000,000 brain cells

I get to pick all the topics I want to address during a forthcoming documentary but one, which is mandatory. Thomas Beatie. Phonetically, it sounded funny to me to refer to him as "enceint" because I've never heard the masculin version of the word pregnant in French before today.

A camel's hair brush is made of squirrel fur.

The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’ but for ‘and’ in civil proceedings.

The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.

The sound that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.

tyresias: (simpson)
The common myth is false, hair and nails dos not keep growing after one dies. But it can look like it because the body begins to dry out between 12 and 18 hours after death causing many parts of the body to shrink.
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The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you need to express a thought.

Police dogs in North America are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.

Karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese. (kara = empty & oke is short for o-kesutora = orchestra)

The word "nerd" is said to have been first coined by Dr. Seuss in "If I Ran the Zoo."

"Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."

St. Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.

The surface area of an average-sized brick is 79 cm squared.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet (2 m) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. Alternatively, this blogger points out, you can close the lid to the bowl before flushing. I recognize this alternative will not be possible when I get a urinal. Oh yes, I will have one after I get urethral hook up.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

I have been inspired by  [livejournal.com profile] madknits  for a while now to restructure my blogging with certain days of the week having specific themes/content as his blog does. He has a delightful weekly post entitled Thursday Randomocity and I have decided I will follow suit. Mine is likely to contain less random things about me than his does about him but the spirit is the same. However, I have been at a lost for coming up with an equally snazzy title. Suggestions?

Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. His original name was Jumpman, but a failure to accurately translate this from Japanese to English resulted in a decision to change his name to Mario to honor the landlord of Nintendo of America's office, Mario Segali.

My favourite herb is thyme. I add it to a myriad of dishes.

Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class

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Dear Dad,

Aug. 11th, 2008 01:31 am
tyresias: (tree analogy)
I must thank you for leaving me the documentation for the 1996 Canadian federal budget. It came in very handy when I had to kill a freak bee earlier.

Love, your greatly allergic to bees wimp of a son
the 1st 6 )
Jackson's term: 1829-1837
Party: Democratic
Fun Fact: After Jackson's inauguration in 1829, he held an "open house" at the White House. Due to the massive crowds in attendance, furniture was broken and fights broke out.

Taylor's term: 1849-1850 or 16 months.
Party: Whig
Fun Fact: According to the notes I took in 1989, no man ever became President knowing less about what he was supposed to do. Taylor was  simply a soldier, used to giving and taking orders. My 2008 fun fact is that he was nicknamed "Old Rough and Ready" because of his messy style of dress. Perhaps his inner child was a dragqueen.
13 to 16 )
Johnson's term: 1865-1869
Party: Democratic / National Union
Fun Fact: He was taught to read and write by his wife.
Hoover's term: 1929-1933
Party: Republican
Fun Fact: Hoover was the 1st preseident born west of the Mississippi River. During the Great Depression, people who had lost their homes lived in makeshift villages known as Hoovervilles. Anyone know why that term didn't stick around longer instead of reverting to (bor)ghetto, which stems from Venice's anti-semetic history? Was is purely anti-semitism that won out in this case or is there something else?
32 to 40 )
Bush Sr's term: 1989-1993
Party: Republican
Fun Fact: 1st war time president not to be reelected.
Clinton )
Bush Jr.'s Term: 2001-2009
Party: Republican
Fun Fact: He didn't call Chrétien or Martin Freedom Canadians even though I was sure he would. Hey, it wouldn't have been out of character but now Harper is PM, Dubbya missed his opportunity!

And now, as part of my spring cleaning, momentos from my 1st visit to DC will be thrown out.

I'll confess, I don't know the source of this stuff. So if anyone can provide any, that'd be great.

Christmas Trivia
The word "Christmas" comes from Old English - Cristes maesse or Mass of Christ.

Birth Date of Christ - The pivot point of history, every event and year before Jesus' birth counts down to it, and every event and year after his birth counts up from it. The Gregorian calendar we use is known to be inaccurate by 4-6 years. In the 6th century (around 533AD), the monk Dionysius Exigous (means Dennis the short) was commissioned by Pope John I to set divisions. Dennis studied the records and set the divisions (BC, Before Christ & AD, Anno Domini, "the year of the Lord"), to the calendar and apparently missed the birth of Christ by a few years. To this date no one knows how he came up with this date as the year Jesus was born. {He also forgot to put in a "0" year, so it jumps from 1BC to 1AD, this makes new centuries begin on the second year, the 21st century begins on midnight of Dec. 31st, 2000, not 1999.}
Because we know according to Roman records that there was an eclipse near the time of Herod the Great's death and modern astronomy can account for one in 4BC, and we know Herod was still living at the time of his birth. According to this and Luke's account of the census, we can now fairly accurately place the birth of Christ somewhere around 7 to 6BC. But there's currently no way to place the month or day.



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