How Much Money is Hanging in Your Closet?
Turn your closet into cash!screenshot of author's Poshmark stats. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that people are willing and able to shop from the comfort of their living room. In fact, now that more people have engaged in home shopping and discovered how convenient it is, I’m predicting online clothes shopping will totally take over the garment retail business.Read full story
"God of Death" Whale Lived 43 Million Years Ago
A New, Terrifying, Ancient Species Discovered in Egypt. Phiomicetus Anubisartistic reconstruction by Dr. Robert W. Boessenecker. A new species of a prehistoric, four-legged, carnivorous whale was discovered by scientists in Egypt's Western Desert area, with the fossilized remains dating back 43 million years.Read full story
Can Your Fitbit Keep You Safe?
Using Wearables for Early Detection of Viral Infections. Wearables as early infection detectorsphoto by Pxfuel. In a study published in JAMA Network Open a week ago, research into wearables like Fitbit and Apple watches show promise in early detection of the flu and common cold, leading researchers to believe that biometric devices may be useful in preventing Covid-19 spread.Read full story
Alpha-Gal Syndrome - Allergy to Red Meat from Tick Bite
Alpha-Gal on the Rise - Concerning News for Hunters. A hunter with a white tailed deer in tall grassUser:Matthew.j.obrien, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. There's a new allergy in town, and ironically, it has the power to force hunters to give up eating red meat.Read full story
America's Nuclear Weapons Totals Revealed
Number of Warheads Disclosed Today After Years of Trump Blackout. SRAMS and Mark 28 thermo-nuclear bombsU.S. National Archives. Today the U.S. State Department released information not available to the public in recent years: the number of nuclear warheads the U.S.A currently has in its stockpile.Read full story
Haunted North Carolina - Part 2
Lydia's Bridge Ghost Story(modified) background photo by Aaron Burden. One of the most famous ghost stories in North Carolina is about a phantom hitchhiker who supposedly haunts an abandoned railroad bridge in Guilford County. The bridge is located on US-70A (High Point Rd.), just south of Jamestown. I'll relate the most popular version of the story below, as well as the recently discovered truth behind the legend.Read full story
Ehrlichiosis Infection - Symptoms Resemble the Flu
The Culprit for this Disease May Be in Your Backyard. Ehrlichiosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium, ehrlichia chaffeensis ,ehrlichia ewingii, and ehrlichia muris eauclairensis. The bacteria is carried by ticks, and transmitted to humans and animals through a tick bite.Read full story
Breastfeeding Moms - Know Your Rights
Are you allowed to breastfeed in public?photo by Bethany Beck. Recently, a friend in Charlotte, North Carolina, told me the driver of a city bus objected to her breastfeeding her eleven-month old baby, advising her, "You need to do that later."Read full story
North Carolina Zoo Still Waiting to Vaccinate Animals
Dr. Jb Minter examines an ocelot at the N.C. Zoophoto provided by the North Carolina Zoo. At the North Carolina Zoo, Dr. Jb Minter and his crew are expecting an important delivery.Read full story
Haunted North Carolina - Part 1
Demon Dog of Valle Crucismodified photo taken by author. It's only six weeks till Halloween - my favorite holiday - and I'm ready! To help everyone else get in the spirit, I've decided to share some spooky legends from North Carolina. Stay tuned in to make sure you catch them all!Read full story
Fibrocartilaginous Embolism - A Temporary Paralysis in Dogs
My Experience with FCE - What It Is and What You Can Do. My dog, Jasper, before the incidentphoto by author. Jasper was a happy, healthy, black lab/Newfoundland mix who loved to swim. His size fell between the two breeds, at about 80 lbs. He had an adorable floppy eared face, medium long fur, soulful brown eyes, and a big, booming bark that seemed to surprise even he, himself, on the rare occasion it escaped.Read full story
Will Inflation Cancel Black Friday Sales this Year?
How Will Inflation Affect Black Friday Sales?photo by Freepik. Covid-19 has taken many things from us, and we're still feeling the blow. Even now, as we look ahead to the holiday season coming up in a few short months, there is reason to believe that Santa might have a hard time ticking off everything on his list, due to global repercussions from the pandemic.Read full story
Festival This Weekend - Murray's Mill Harvest Folk Festival
A Fun-Filled Weekend Celebrating Catawba County's Proud Agricultural Heritage. Harvest Folk Festivalphoto use granted by Historical Association of Catawba County. An Educational and Entertaining Experience the Whole Family Will Enjoy.Read full story
Need a Job? $$$ Sign-On Bonuses at These N.C. Companies
As Unemployment Benefits End for Thousands, Sign-On Bonuses Put Money in Your Pocket. Over 127,000 North Carolinians Have Lost Their Unemployment Benefits This Week. As federal jobless assistance ended on September 4, millions nationwide have lost their unemployment benefits. Well over 100,000 of those individuals are right here in North Carolina.Read full story
Good News - SNAP Benefits Will Increase by 25%
Good News for SNAP Recipientsphoto by Ekaterina Shakharova. The 15% temporary increase to SNAP benefits that went into effect as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act is set to expire on September 30, 2021, affecting over 40 million recipients nationwide, many of whom are unemployed.Read full story
Are These Kidney Disorders Linked to Vaccines?
EU Launches Investigation of Possible Side Effects of mRNA Vaccines. EU examines vaccine's connection to kidney diseaseNick Youngson. A skin condition and two types of kidney problems may be linked to vaccines.Read full story
How Two Young Girls Fooled the World, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Cottingley Fairies 1photo by Elsie Wright (public domain in the United States) Over a hundred years ago, in the small village of Cottingley, England, two young girls embarked on a silly prank that led thousands to believe in magic. It would not be fully debunked for over sixty years.Read full story
Are Pets Catching Covid-19 From Their Owners?
Studies show many infected households have pets with Covid -19 antibodies. The pandemic hasn't been easy on petsphoto by Andrew S. It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the furry ones.Read full story
Ivermectin Controversy - For Human Covid-19 Patients or Only Safe for Animals?
FDA Issues Warning After Misuse Leads to Uptick in 911 Calls for Poisonings. People are self-medicating for Covid-19 with a horse deworming formulaphoto by Lana Werper on Unsplash.Read full story
Solo Camping for Women
Have you ever noticed women are discouraged from experiencing the wilderness alone?. Certainly some situations would be dangerous as a solo undertaking (hiking the Appalachian Trail, for example), but there are so many places a women can camp in a relatively safe environment, some even with rangers making nightly rounds.Read full story