Salsa is delicious

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People have been spicing up their meals with salsa for centuries.

In actuality, salsa, the condiment, not the dancing, has existed for centuries and can be traced back to the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas of present-day Mexico.

In the United States, salsa, which means”sauce” in Spanish, has outsold ketchup since the 1990’s. And there are just as many variants of salsa, if not more, since there are ways to make a good spaghetti sauce.

By way of example, many American salsas contain tomato. However, the tomato in a homemade salsa can be fresh and raw, cooked or even tomato paste. It is up to the manufacturer. (Initially salsas from Mexico did not contain berries and mainly used chiles, tomatillos and ricado, a blend of spices.) Although hot peppers predominate, salsas can also be spiced up with ingredients such as cilantro, cumin and oregano. Some people even add garlic for their salsas.

Beans are another healthy variation to the salsa mix. Black beans are normally the bean of choice for salsa makers due to their texture and flavor. They are low in fat and also contain fiber and protein. A last advantage to beans: they”mellow out” the heat from the peppers added to salsas, especially hotter chile peppers such as habanero, serrano or even jalapeno.

Sweet salsa ingredients can include cherry, passion fruit, papaya, raspberries, as well as lemon, lime, orange and chiles. Some folks include plantains or even nuts. Pretty much any fresh sauce could be a salsa.

Salsa cruda means uncooked and is made from finely chopped raw ingredients like raw tomato, hot chiles, peppers, onion and cilantro.

Picante means”hot and spicy,” and is usually just a thinner sauce than your normal salsa cruda.

It is usually a mixture of chopped tomatoes, chiles and onions.

Salsa verde means”green sauce” and it is typically made from tomatillos, which are green. (For the record, tomatillo is not a tomato, regardless of its name, but instead is a reportedly a relative of the gooseberry. It is a tartgreen fruit with a papery husk. It resembles a green, unripe tomato in appearance.)

Our offerings in Cosmic Chile reveal how many different kinds of salsa exist. Offerings include a traditional salsa like Jose Goldstein’s XXX Garlic, made out of habanero peppers and plenty of fresh garlic, to something more exotic such as Thai Jungle Salsa, which comprises three types of thai chiles, lemon and soy sauce.

Salsa is not only fun, it’s healthy.

They are easy to prepare and a simple way to dress up grilled chicken, fish, meat or pork for a quick meal during the week. Salsa is also a wonderful snack when paired with chips.

So the next time you run out of something to have for a quick, but fun dinner during the week, try adding a little salsa to your entree.

Types of skin cancer

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Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, as an example, from overexposure to Wildlife Control ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

There are three main types of skin cancer:

• Squamous cell carcinoma

• Melanoma – the most dangerous form of membrane cancer

Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma membrane cancer.

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with membrane cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 434,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma membrane cancers in Australia each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with nearly double the incidence in comparison with women.

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,* melanoma is the third most frequent cancer in Australian women and the fourth most common cancer in men, and also the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years. In 2012, 12,036 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.

Every year, in Australia:

• skin cancers account for approximately 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancers

• between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun

• GPs have more than 1 million patient consultations annually for skin cancer

• The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the United Kingdom.

*Non-melanoma skin cancers are not notified to cancer registries.

Assess for signs of skin cancer

The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the event of a significant melanoma or other skin cancer, possible disfigurement or even death.

It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.

It is important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you, so that you notice any changes. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt.

Develop a routine habit of checking your skin for new stains and changes to existing freckles or moles.

How to check your skin

• Make sure you check your whole body as skin cancers can sometimes occur in parts of the body not exposed to the sun, for example soles of the feet, between fingers and toes and under nails.

• Undress completely and make sure you have good light.

• Use a mirror to test hard to see spots, like your back and scalp, or get a relative, partner or friend to check it for you.

There are three main forms of skin cancer- melanoma (like nodular melanoma), basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.


• Most deadly type of skin cancer.

• If left untreated can spread to other parts of the body.

• Appears as a new place or an existing spot that changes in color, size or shape.

Can appear on skin not normally exposed to sunlight.

Nodular melanoma

• Grows quickly.

• Looks different from common melanomas. Raised and even in colour.

• Many are red or pink and some are black or brown.

• they’re firm to touch and dome-shaped.

Basal cell carcinoma

• Most common, least dangerous form of skin cancer.

• Red, pale or pearly in colour, appears as a bulge or dry, scaly place.

• May ulcerate or neglect to completely heal.

• Grows slowly, usually on regions which are frequently exposed to the sun.

Squamous cell carcinoma

• Grows over some months, usually on areas often exposed to the sun.

• More likely to happen in people over 50 years of age.

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A is for Asymmetry – Look for stains that lack symmetry. In other words, if a line was drawn through the middle, the two sides wouldn’t match up.

B is for Border – A place with a spreading or irregular edge (notched).

C is for Colour – Blotchy spots with a number of colours such as black, blue, red, white or grey.

D is for Diameter – Look for spots which are getting bigger.

These are some changes to look out for when checking your skin for signs of any cancer:

• New moles.

• An outline of a mole that becomes notched.

• An area that changes color from brown to black or is diverse.

• A spot that becomes raised or develops a lump within it.

• The surface of a mole becoming rough, scaly or ulcerated.

• Moles that itch or tingle.

• Spots that looks different from the others.

Just about all of us have moles. Moles aren’t normally present at birth, but appear in childhood and early teenage years. By age 15, Australian children have an average of more than 50 moles.

Normal moles usually look alike. See your physician if a mole looks different or if a new mole appears after the age of 25. The more moles a person have, the higher the risk of melanoma.

• Uniform in shape and even coloured. May be raised.

• The more moles or freckles you have the higher your risk of skin cancer.

• May have irregular borders and a number of colours like brown and black.

• Observe moles carefully for any sign of change.

Although you may notice one or more skin changes, it does not necessarily indicate that you have skin cancer however it is important that you see your GP to have them investigated further. Your GP can talk about your skin cancer risk and advise you on your need for medical checks or self-examination.

It can be tricky to know whether something in your skin is a harmless mole or normal sun damage, or a sign of cancer. When in doubt, talk to your GP.

What’s my skin type?

Skin types that are more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) radiation burn more quickly and are at a greater risk of skin cancer.

All skin types can be ruined by too much UV radiation. Skin types that are more sensitive to UV radiation burn faster and therefore are at a greater risk of skin cancer.

People with naturally very dark skin (usually skin type V or VI) still should take care in sunlight despite the fact that they may rarely, if ever, get sunburnt. The larger quantity of melanin in very dark skin offers natural protection from UV radiation. This means the risk of skin cancer is reduced.

Eye damage can occur regardless of skin type. High levels of UV radiation have also been linked to harmful effects on the immune system.

People with very dark skin don’t normally have to apply sunscreen (but this remains a personal decision) but they should wear sunglasses or hats to protect their eyes.

Vitamin D deficiency might be a greater health concern for people with naturally very dark skin, since it is more difficult for people with this skin type to make vitamin D. People with naturally darker skin may require up to three to six times more sun exposure to aid with their vitamin D levels.

Skin types

Type I

Tends to have freckles, red or fair hair, blue or green eyes.

Type II

Tends to have light hair, blue or brown eyes.

Type III

Tends to have brown eyes and hair.

Type IV

Rarely burns, frequently tans. Tends to have dark brown eyes and hair.

Type V

Dark brown skin. Rarely burns, tans profusely.

Type VI

Deeply pigmented, dark brown to black skin. Never burns.

Tornado watch

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Although tornadoes tend to stay east of the Rocky Mountains, they also have occurred in pretty much every state. In other words, you might be affected regardless of where you live. This means that tornadoes should be on everybody’s list as something to be prepared for.

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I’ve never been around a real tornado, however, the movie Twister definitely prepared me for flying bovine should I ever find myself .

And then, after the image of the bunny flies off into the sunset, I ask myself,”What do I actually know about tornadoes, and how do I know if one is coming?”

Great questions, Self.

As tornadoes tend to begin showing up more prevalently in the spring (and spring has only about sprung), let me share with you the way to know if a tornado is on its way for a trip.

Of course, the easiest method is to get your TV or radio . Your regional broadcasters will broadcast a tornado warning (right in the middle of your favorite show, might I add). Those have a tendency to come just about 13 minutes before the actual tornado, and may actually arrive much faster. That being said, not every area is going to be given a broadcast warning, so knowing the signs of an impending tornado is quite important.

Although tornadoes can be enormous and devastating, they at least have the decency to give us a few warning signs before they officially arrive. These six hints should help you identify tornado threats.

Funnel Cloud

Alright, so this one is one of the more obvious ones. Tornadoes have to form somewhere, so in case you see a funnel cloud start to form, this is a really good indication a tornado is on its way. When the weather gets rough, you might want to keep your eye on the sky, just in case.

A dark, occasionally green, sky

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This is another reason why it’s good to see the skies during storms. The sky isn’t always green, however, so don’t be fooled if the sky is simply very, very dim.

Occasionally the funnel of a tornado will not be visible. Yet. By noticing a cloud of debris coming (especially at ground level), that may be a great sign that something even more dangerous is on its way.

A loud roar (like a freight train)

This is particularly helpful if you don’t live near a railroad. Tornadoes give off a continuous rumble, much like that of a train.

A strange calm after a thunderstorm

It is not uncommon for a tornado to occur after a thunderstorm. Do not be surprised if you find a clear, calm skies in the tornado’s wake.

Debris falling from the skies

This is also a good indicator that there are strong winds nearby. If debris starts falling from the sky like rain, chances are you’ll want to seek cover.


Are you prepared for a tornado’s devastation?

So there you have it. If you keep these six things in mind before and during storms, you shouldn’t be caught off guard by a tornado.

Traveling with children

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Every air traveller’s worst nightmare seems to be getting stuck next to a screaming child for an 8 hour flight. When your kid’s parent, the nightmare could be worse. You don’t need to hold your breath and hope for the best. Here are a few tips for flying with children without alienating other passengers in the procedure.

Keep your expectations realistic – air travel can be difficult on children (as well as adults). Don’t expect perfect behavior, and don’t freak out if your child act up. Stay calm so that you can deal with whatever issues come up.

Explain the procedures. Prepare children for what they will likely experience during the trip, ie audiences, delays, lines etc..

I recently took my children from Perth Australia to Los Angeles with direct connecting flights via Dubai. In hindsight now I would have chosen an overnight in Dubai to rest, shower and have a nice meal, before tackling the second 16 hour leg of the flight. Our excursion was 27 flying hours in total with a two hour lay over in Dubai, we arrived exhausted without a clue what day or time zone we were in. Based on the time of your kids decide which kind of trip suits your family best.

Schedule naps. If possible select a flight that coincides with your child’s sleep schedule. If they can take a nap at their regular time, or get a great night’s sleep on a red eye, they’ll be more refreshed and better behaved upon arrival at your destination.

Meals – if you child is a fussy eater they might not like airplane kids meals. Bring their favourite snacks and meals for one portion of the trip at least. Hungry kids are agitated kids in tiny environments.

Visit the doctor prior to flight – check there aren’t any illness’s or ear infections. Also check what drugs you can bring if on international flights in the event of sickness whilst away. You do not want to get stuck at customs because you have brought medication not allowed in that country.

Dress for comfort – loose fitting clothes around the waist, pack a jumper, and bring spare clothes in case of spills. If your child is not night time toilet trained attract nappies too. I always fly with spare clothing, toothbrushes, hairbrushes etc so you can feel refreshed when flying.

Bring toys or small teddies to occupy your children when flying. Some airlines have consoles with TV and radio, but not all airlines, so pack a tiny lightweight item to amuse your children.

Last of all give your children movement breaks at least every hour, otherwise they will feel like caged animals. Kids are energetic and like to play and don’t deal well with being confined for long amounts of time.

Great luck parents I hope using these suggestions will give you a more enjoyable flight on your next journey.

All about lightning

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As we enter mid-spring and the weather finally begins to warm up a little, we expect to see a number of thunderstorms in Oregon. Inspiring awe in certain while scaring the trousers off others (but not ME, I am definitely not scared of lightning. No sir,) it’s no surprise that cultures all over the world associate lightning with deity. But what precisely is it?

During an electrical storm, the upper portion of the storm clouds has a positive charge and the lower portion has a negative charge. It is not quite clear how the clouds attain these charges in the first place, but one theory is that different kinds of liquid (vapor, water and ice droplets) collide as they rise and fall inside a cloud. In the crash, electrons are knocked off of the rising moisture and they gather at the base of the cloud, creating the negative charge. It is thought that rising moisture then carries a positive charge to the peak of the cloud. The charge separation within the cloud is what generates an electrical field, the strength of which can be related to the quantity of charge buildup in the cloud.

When the electric charge within the cloud becomes quite strong, the air becomes ionized (the positive ions and electrons are spaced further apart than before and the electrons can move more freely.) The powerful ionization causes the air to begin to break down, allowing for currents to flow in an effort to neutralize the charge. These currents are known as leaders, and they provide a path through the cloud for the lightning to follow. The initial (or stepped) leader doesn’t move smoothly, but jumps in a jagged fashion. Many leaders form at the exact same time, but the first one to make contact with the ground is the one that gets the lightning.

The entire process is somewhat more complicated, but there you have the fundamentals of how lightning is formed. Lightning is much too powerful for even the best of surge protectors to protect against, and it may reach temperatures of 54,000 °F. A single ampere of current is all it takes to kill a human!

Lightning is a complex phenomenon with many exceptions and variations. Sometimes it shows up in the most unexpected of places.

For example, do you know:

Why We See Lightning During Volcanic Eruptions?

If you saw photos of the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull that erupted in 2010, you might have seen lightning over the plumes of smoke and thought that they surely must be photoshopped. Not so!

There’s still research being conducted into the definitive reason for lightning within the smoke plumes of volcanoes, but the overall consensus involves, of all things, dust. The concept is that dust/smoke/ash particles take little charges which become amplified during the chaos of rushing out of a volcano. With every collision of a single particle with another, the charges become increasingly polarized until lightning is inevitable since the polarization becomes too great for the air to withstand the flow of electricity. The lightning neutralizes the charge separation, basically relieving the tension of polarization.

There is another lesser known sort of volcanic lightning, however, which happens right at the mouth of the volcano and is much less orderly (not the normal branching, bolting lightning we’re used to seeing), manifesting as jagged sparks likely as the result of a hefty charge inside the volcano itself.

How Many Different Types of Lightning You will find?

The answer to this question depends on who you ask, and what you consider a”kind” of lightning. The Common classifications are as follows:

Cloud-to-cloud (intercloud, which is lightning moving between separate clouds, and intracloud, which is lightning moving within the same cloud).

Cloud-to-ground (Less common but more dangerous than cloud to cloud.

Cloud-to-sky (Also called sprites, cloud-to-sky lightning occurs in the upper atmosphere. They lack the hot temperatures of different types of lightning, and usually have a reddish-orange hue.)

Lightning can be sometimes further defined as:

Ribbon lightning (Successive strokes of lightning are displaced by wind, leading to a broadened appearance, almost like a double-exposed photograph ).

Bead lightning (The decay of the luminosity of the bolt of lightning, causing a beaded appearance. This happens very quickly and is hard to capture.)

St. Elmo’s Fire This is not really lightning, but often closely associated with it and noticed during electrical storms. St. Elmo’s Fire (not to be confused with ball lightning as it often is) is the result of a gap in electric charge. It’s made of plasma (ionized air that emits a glow) and, while lightning is the movement of electricity from a charged point, St. Elmo’s Fire is a coronal discharge that sparks up at the place where there’s a drastic difference in charge between the atmosphere and an object such as the mast of a ship or the steeple of a church. St. Elmo’s Fire is the same thing that occurs in a fluorescent tube- basically a constant spark, glowing blue due to the particular mix of air molecules. It might also choose a purple color.

St. Elmo’s Fire is quite tricky to find accurate videos or images of. Many videos exist which claim to be St. Elmo’s Fire but are actually just static discharge (a frequent occurrence around planes in the middle of storms). An easy way to tell the difference is that St. Elmo’s Fire doesn’t look like lightning- rather it emits a steady glow.

Ball lightning- The most mysterious type of”lightning”, there is some dispute among scientists as to whether ball lightning really exists. Arc faults along power lines (which appear as large, impossibly bright balls of light) and photographic anomalies are both to blame for the confusion.

If you’re in the water when a storm begins, get out of the water as fast as possible.
Lightning strikes will follow anything that conducts electricity, so stay off your mobile telephone during a storm and flip off/unplug your computers. If lightning strikes your house, even the most powerful of surge protectors will have trouble protecting your equipment. (Radio waves don’t conduct electricity, so as long as your mobile phone isn’t plugged in to an outlet and you’re not standing outside during the storm using the metallic apparatus held to your face, it’s safe to use it. They do not inexplicably”attract” lightning more than any other item with metal inside ).
Lightning does actually strike twice (the Empire State building is struck 20-25 times a year), so don’t rely on old adages to your security information.
If you’re caught in a thunderstorm and cannot get inside to safety, crouch low to the ground but do not lay flat. Try to maintain as much of your body from touching the ground as you can, since you’re in more danger of being hurt by currents traveling across the floor after a lightning strike than of being spilled directly by a bolt.
A flash-to-bang (seeing lightning to hearing thunder) ratio of 5 seconds equals one mile of distance from the lightning. Ten seconds equals 2 miles, etc..
One has only to see an electric storm themselves to comprehend why so many individuals have connected lightning and thunder with deity. A few popular myths and legends about lightning:

Zeus (Jupiter to the Romans) is the planetary god of thunder, and his principal weapon is the thunderbolt (given to him by the Cyclops).
The Thunderbird common to North American indigenous cultures is thought to make thunder by the beating of its wings, and lightning is made by glowing snakes that it conveys or directly from its eyes.
Thor is the Norse hammer-wielding god of thunder.
There is a lot more to learn about lightning in all its various incarnations. It is a stark reminder of the incredible strong forces of nature that surround us on all sides. Regardless of how much we learn about it on a scientific level, we may always be inclined to associate with this unbelievable force with deity.

Declutter your home

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Your house may be cluttered due to bad habits making your home and office organizing tasks very difficult. It’s possible to live peacefully in your home only once you keep the house fully decluttered and as such you should never postpone the decluttering work. Do the organizing clutter job each day even in smaller installments, either on your own or get it done by others. After forming a regular habit, it is possible to take large cluttering jobs to make a difference in your dwelling. Avoid the habit of hoarding collections such as shoes, clothing, CDs, magazines, books, etc.. Be ruthless in going through and picking them for rapid disposal on a regular basis.

Now let us learn some organizing tips to know how to declutter a home and in a better way. Give some relaxation to your wallet and prevent regular buying of stuff. Whenever you bringing a new item into your property, ensure that you eliminate something else for the storage space. You can make it a policy to remove and dispose two old things for every single entry of a new item. Set yourself a kitchen timer for twenty or ten minutes to concentrate on your decluttering job. Avoid distraction during the period and don’t involve yourself in any other regular jobs. Keeping the unwanted presents also make a good deal of clutter. Go on and declutter for organizing the house and to keep your home under control.

Better home and office organizing can also help in making the environment clean as such activities also help in organizing clutter. But in the future you find it difficult to handle a cluttered household. Due to a busy lifestyle, you might tend to accumulate many things that you really do not need any more. Mostly clutter is caused by items such as newspapers, magazines, trinkets sitting on shelves and dust. As you need to begin a long journey, only with a small step, you need to make a small start of your decluttering project by starting the job in the room entrance. You can quickly move on to each section of your house by taking three or more boxes with you, the first one for keeping useful things, the next box for dumping unnecessary items and keep the third box for putting things that have to be temporarily stored. When you have enough time, you can examine the boxes and treat them accordingly.

You have to pose yourself the question, how to declutter home. For accomplishing the decluttering job, you must set some basic rules for yourself and evoke self discipline to keep away the little clutter from spreading all over your home. You can keep things together for making your decluttering job easier. Do not throw a coffee cup or a towel for picking it up later. Such habits of procrastination will quickly clutter your dwelling. You have to eliminate laziness and learn new habits to frequently clean your house. Now that you have learned how to declutter home, you must begin now without postponing for tomorrow.

Keep unwanted guests out of your pool

Last month, a thirteen foot python was found at a Miami residential swimming pool. Occasionally, both wild and domestic creatures find their way into swimming pools and pose a difficulty to both owners and swimmers.

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The Burmese python was seen curled up in the corner of the pool and owner Suladie Miranda called 911. The snake was eliminated by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Unit. These snakes are native to the Everglades and can eat animals as large as alligators and deer. However, investigators guessed that this python in particular could have been an escaped exotic pet, meaning that this situation is possible everywhere that pets are kept.

In other words-everywhere.

This is dangerous for a couple reasons. This threat is real for all types of predatory animals. Alligators and semi-aquatic snakes such as cottonmouths and pythons can occasionally be found in residential and commercial pools. Before getting into the swimming pool, scan it to be certain that no unwelcome guests have come for a visit. Check the filter, also, where smaller animals can wind up.

A few years ago, a neighbor’s pet buffalo was found wading in a Georgia man’s swimming pool. Other non-predatory creatures frequently unintentionally fall into the pool, like raccoons and opossums, and sometimes drown. These animals, occasionally, can be harmful, but another issue is contamination. These exceptional cases can upset the sanitation in a sense that the average pool owner does not know how to fix.

If you find an animal in your pool, call your regional police or animal control. Attempting to fish it out yourself, even if it’s dead, can be risky.

The question is, how do you stop situations like these? 1 response is a pool cover and gate. However, in the event of the Georgian buffalo, the animal broke through the cover, and, as found from the New Port Richie alligator pool invader last April, they can undergo enclosures, too.

Another solution is a pool alarm. Pool alarms track the pool surface for disruptions. That means an alarm will sound anytime animals enter the pool. This way, you will have the opportunity to get the animal removed before the pool gets contaminated even worse or until the creature becomes a safety hazard. A pool alarm and other swimming pool supplies can help prevent situations like these.

The alarm is not only great for preventing animals entering the pool but for unsupervised children and unwanted adults, too.


Wild TurkeyBut do you know why? Well, it seems that in those days everywhere you looked there was a wild turkey strutting about. Not just that, but he admired the beautiful mating display when the male’s tail feathers were unfurled in all their glory.

Nowadays we are more familiar with the domesticated white turkey that we enjoy at Thanksgiving. Incidentally, why is the domestic turkey white? Several years ago our wild turkey was bred with the Mexican turkey resulting in the color change. There is still evidence of the wild turkey in the dark brown tail tips of this kind we eat now.

Should You Feed Wild Turkeys?

They scratch in the dirt and overturn branches and leaves. When you have a foot of snow covered by a layer of ice, it’s extremely difficult to do any scratching for food. That is why I am a strong advocate of collecting acorns in the fall so that I can leave them under my bird feeders for the turkeys when snow is deep. I also scatter sunflower seeds and cracked corn on top of the snow for the wild turkeys. I get a great satisfaction out of helping them to survive the worst winter conditions.

What Else Do Wild Turkeys Eat?

Turkeys are omnivorous. Besides acorns, they love all other kinds of nuts: hickory nuts, hazel nuts, butternuts, etc.. Fruit is another component of their diet, in addition to sunflower and other flower and weed seeds, insects and salamanders. We’ve got plenty of salamanders hiding under stones in our woods, and there’s no shortage of insects either.

I’ll never forget one morning when I started up into the woods for a walk. All of a sudden I discovered this wing beating and peeping and clucking sounds high in the trees over my head. I had disturbed a flock of wild turkeys that had been roosting in the tall white pines! At sunset turkeys fly up into the trees to roost for the night. They are far safer there than on the floor where foxes, wild dogs, coyotes, etc. find them easy nighttime prey.

How Quickly Can They Fly?

They are also able to run. Their top running speed is 20 mph! They maintain a great steady walking pace as well. Covering several miles per day is normal for them.

How Many Babies Do They Have?

A female turkey will pick a bush in the forests under which she will lay a clutch of tan and brown speckled eggs from 4 to 17 in number. Mama will indulge her girls by feeding them, but just for the first few days. She roosts on the floor with her babies, also called’poults’, during this time. After that they’re on their own and quickly learn to forage for themselves. But, her young will travel with her at a flock all year right through the winter.

We’ve All Seen Tom Turkeys, But What Do the Hens Look Like?

A Hen Turkey’s head has a blue/black color, while the Tom Turkey has a red head with a white spot on the top. Male turkeys are silent, secretive and elusive the majority of the time. However when they want to secure their harem of hens, they make clucking and peeping sounds, and sometimes a low drumming comes from deep in their throats.

The female is a drab brown/black color and very thin in the spring. But come fall all of the turkeys take on a much plumper shape. The other flap of skin that hangs over their beaks is known as a’snood’. Both can turn bright red when the turkey is agitated or excited.

How Heavy Do Wild Turkeys Become?

Having to make their way from the wild keeps turkeys slimmer than their national counterparts. They will weigh from 5 to 19 lbs. Their body measures a hefty 3- to almost 4 feet with a wingspan of 4 to nearly 5 feet!

The average life span of a turkey in the wild is only 3 or 4 decades. Considering all the predators out there and the survival challenges, you can see why that’s the case.

Also, their territories are shrinking rapidly. Their fondness for hardwood forests which are connected to grassy fields provides them with good food sources, roosting and hiding areas. Regrettably, hardwood forests are being cut down to provide materials for human habitation.

Despite their size, these wonderful birds can take into the air in an explosive burst of speed. They can turn their heads up to 270 degrees, and they have excellent hearing and vision. They can dazzle us with their courtship displays and dances.

I believe Old Ben was right. They would have made an excellent national symbol!

Scary Exotic pet

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Tarantulas have been a relatively common pet now for many years. They are unique, quiet, and need little distance, and keeping tarantulas as pets can make a fascinating hobby. In fact, tarantulas are one of the very low maintenance yet exotic pets you will find. Additionally, tarantulas are mild and can be trained very well as pets.

Beyond this, there are a number of very interesting and distinguishing characteristics that set them apart from other spiders. They have very hairy legs and bodies, and can live about 30 years. They spin no webs but catch prey by pursuit and fighting. Many tarantulas also”speak” by make a hissing sound by rubbing their jaws or front legs against each other.

They are native to many areas and climates in the wild. They are roughly divided into two groups:”old world” (in the eastern hemisphere) and”new world” (in the western hemisphere). Concerning pet care, they are further split into desert or tropical species, and ground-dwelling or aboreal (tree-dwelling).

Tarantulas range in size from only an inch or so to relative giants measuring almost a foot across. Even the small tarantulas reach a relatively large body length of 1.5 inches. However, the huge majority of species remain small enough to be safely and comfortably placed in a standard 5 to 10 gallon terrarium or aquarium tank (a cover should be provided to prevent escape).

The majority of tarantulas are black (most men ) or brown (most females), but some species exhibit striking colours. The level of coloring varies with the species and geographical location. Even”plain” brown spiders vary greatly in color from a gentle tan, through red brown to dark brown.

As an example of the pet tarantula, a great and popular selection for the beginning spider proprietor is the pink rose or the Chilean Rose tarantula. It grows to a manageable size of 3 to 4 inches and has a relatively mild temperament. They are naturally docile and slow moving animals which can be readily handled by the novice keeper with some care. The ground dweller is a much easier habitat to replicate to produce your spider feel at home and be comfortable.

Still another fascinating phenomenon exhibited by the tarantula is molting. Tarantulas have exoskeletons and don’t have internal skeletons. Exoskeletons don’t allow for growth so in order for the tarantula to grow it’s to molt out of its old exoskeleton. The old exoskeleton splits and the spider works its way out. Mature tarantulas molt once or twice a year, and baby tarantulas molt more often as they are growing so quickly.

Observing the molting of tarantulas is surely one of the most exciting experiences in keeping them. If you notice your tarantula on its rear, it is probably molting. Most tarantulas will quickly for about a week before the molting begins and they definitely won’t eat during the molting. It takes a few days for the new exoskeleton to harden. Molting is stressful on a spider, and it is also completely vulnerable at that time, so don’t handle or disturb it at all at this moment, but observe with fascination!

As we mentioned at the start, tarantulas are among the very low maintenance pets you’ll find. And after a habitat is initially installed, the only essential things left to do would be a weekly or twice-a-week feeding, and regular misting of this habitat with some room-temperature bottled water to keep proper humidity.

For food, live crickets or any other similar insects can be purchased at the local pet store, but you should not capture and feed to your tarantula insects from the wild due to the possibility of pesticides and other contaminants. One or two crickets per feeding is generally great, depending on the size of your tarantula. Water should be constantly available for your tarantula to drink, and should be offered in a dish that is large enough for your tarantula to fit its body in but not too heavy so that it won’t accidentally drown.

You should try and maintain the tarantula’s enclosure clean. Insects that you feed your spider can be somewhat messy once the spider is done swallowing it so wash the remains up. The spider’s excrement is easily cleaned up with a tissue or paper towel. With routine light housekeeping, the caging material and cage itself need not be cleaned out more than a once or twice a year.

For humidity, desert species can be sprayed lightly about once per week, and rain forest dwellers up to once per day. Desert tarantulas would rather have a humidity of 30% to 50% range. Tropical species require higher humidity from 75% to 100%. Most tarantulas can be maintained comfortably in a temperature range of 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and this means little or no supplemental heating must maintain these animals. Using a humidity gauge and a thermometer is a good idea just to make sure your spider’s requirements are about perfect. Do keep the cage or tank out of direct sunlight. Glass containers especially can get very hot which can kill your tarantula. Also, added lighting is not needed and can be detrimental.

For maximum enjoyment for both you the pet owner and your pet, you can decorate your tarantula’s habitat a little bit. It is not tough to design a simple, yet aesthetically pleasing and obviously beautiful enclosure. Simple experimentation will reveal what works for you and for your pet. In fact, designing and decorating your pet’s habitat can be among the most fun and creative experiences in maintaining a tarantula! It is an excellent idea to look into the roots, behaviors, and needs of those species that interests you before you buy it or begin decorating and filling a habitat.

As mentioned, some species come from harsh deserts, and these tarantulas are inclined to be ground-dwelling burrowers. Others live high in the rainforest canopies of Asia and South America. Obviously keeping a tropical tree spider in a dry setup without a vertical height for scaling would cause a stressed and short-lived animal. Tropical, tree-dwelling species could be held in taller encloses with slightly less floor space than previously advised. Likewise, deeper enclosures can be used for burrowing desert species. Given some time in their house, most tarantulas will begin to make their own hide-outs, some moving around cage furnishings. This is good, let them do it.

There should be an easy hiding structure or shelter such as a half-log or coconut hut, or maybe some bits of stone or driftwood. However you choose to do it, remember the fundamental idea of creating your tarantula feel secure in the home. Do not overdo the decorating, you should probably leave about 1/3 to 1/2 of the habitat floor bare and in the open for your tarantula to research.

The most difficult thing for most people is getting close enough to a tarantula for the first time to see them for what they truly are. Not scary beasts out to bite you, but instead, incredibly agile and interesting creatures. Tarantulas are delicate creatures, and when handling them be very careful that they do not fall, as they can be skittish and a short fall can injure them severely or even kill them.

It’s a fact that tarantulas aren’t the best choice as a pet that you will have the ability to handle very much, but this is largely because of stress and threat to the spider as opposed to danger to the handler. For the tarantula owner, the odds of being bitten by a tarantula are extremely rare and even if through carelessness a sting should occur, the venom when injected into a person usually causes only minor swelling, with some itching and tingling which disappears in a short time. If it occurs, wash the bite site with soap and water and protect against disease.

Although they are not the cuddly variety, tarantulas are fascinating creatures that may be wonderful, gentle pets. The trick to successfully owning any exotic animal is to know as much as you can about the species itself and the care of it.

Rude customers

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Rude customers will be part of any business, sooner or later. Luckily, there are ways to minimize the problems they might otherwise create for you. Here are three tips to help you cope well with customers who are rude:

Realize that rude clients generally are not upset with you

Sometimes, customers simply are having a bad day. Perhaps something earlier happened, which disappointed them. In other cases, they might be thinking about something bad from the remote past. You might ask these clients if you can help them in any way, and simply by drawing their attention to their behavior, find that the situation immediately improves.

Empathize with your customers

Sometimes, the reason your customers are being rude is because of flaw (real, perceived, or otherwise) with your product, service, or other portion of your business. In cases like this, you ought to do whatever you can to resolve the issue, or find someone who can help more. The last thing a client wants to hear is that”It’s not my duty,””Our policy is (insert weak excuse here),” or a similar statement. Clients (even rude ones) need resolution, or at the very least, to be treated with kindness and understanding of their situation. While you may not be able to directly improve the matter, you should under no circumstances make it worse. A little compassion can go a long way towards defusing the customer’s rudeness.

Recognize that some customers can not be pleased

For these customers, you may do everything possible, yet still be unable to satisfy them. In these instances, success may mean just barely keeping them from leaving, and so long as you understand this, you can save yourself many headaches. At other times, you will finally realize that certain clients are merely a bad fit for your business. When clients are routinely rude, abusive, attempt to benefit from your business, or violate standards of acceptable behavior, then you should probably bid them farewell, and ask them not to return. In the truest sense, these aren’t clients, but rather problems that are waiting to happen, and there is no reason for you to wait until tragedy strikes.

In summary, it is possible to cope better with rude customers by taking a step back from the situation, empathizing with their issues, and realizing that some clients can not be helped. When you use these suggestions, you will discover rude clients to be no more difficult to deal with than any other client.