Frying an egg on the sidewalk

Fried Egg on Sidewalk

The question still remains, “Is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk?”

This week, we will see some of the hottest temperatures of the summer.

If you check out YouTube, your answer might be yes from some of the examples given. It really depends upon your heat source and if you can get that heat up to 150 degrees farenheit.

See more in this science documentary on this topic.

What do you think, can you fry an egg on the sidewalk? There is only one way to know. Try it yourself!

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Corpse Flower Sightings

Corpse FlowerHave you heard of this particular flower?

Apparently it blooms once every seven years from what I read. In 2014, sightings of this flower have been seen.

Check out this article from St. Louis, Missouri “Rare stinky ‘corpse flower’ blooms in St. Louis” - July 1, 2014

As you can see this flower creates quite an odor when blooming.

Also checkout this video from Loxahatchee, Florida regarding  the corps flower blooming sometime this weekend, July 18 – 20, 2014. This story gives you an up close visual of the flower just before its ready to bloom.

Have you seen a corpse flower up close? It’s an interesting story of a very unusual flower.

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Drones and Corn Field Scouting

drones and agriculture

Drones are starting to be seen more and more in fields across the country.

From time to time, I hope to share more articles with respect to this new process. I have been fortunate to hear some great speakers talk about their experiences with drones and their fields. Most of these speakers talk about the learning curve involved with operating drones and scouting fields. We are in the very early stages of this technology. More and more people are wanting to know more about how to effectively use this technology.

Check out this video and start to think of all the future uses you could envision for this technology. We are in the beginning stages of something really big.

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Germy Cellphones

cellphone germsSince I carry my cellphone with me everywhere I go, I need to be constantly reminded about this.

I’ve seen an increase in colds and viruses in the last few years in my workplace, have you?

Some tips to keep in mind to cut down on the number of germs:

  • Clean your phone regularly
  • Don’t let others use your phone
  • Keep the phone from directly contacting your skin.
  • Also, be aware of your children handling your phone


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Getting Quality Sweet Corn

Pollinating Sweet CornHave you tried to grow sweet corn,only to get ears about one third filled with kernels?

Check out this video and learn how to improve the process of pollinating sweet corn by actively getting involved in the process.

This video gives a great representation of what it takes to effectively pollinate corn.

I never thought of using a paint brush in the process.

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Could your iPhone make you itchy

iPhone NickelCheck out this news story regarding nickel allergies and your phone or tablet device.

Most smartphone and tablet devices contain traces of nickel.

Something to be aware of as we see more of these devices in the hands of adults and children. Nickel is not life-threatening, but it can produce a rash for some people with high sensitivity.

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Mosquito Borne Illness

Mosquito BiteCheck out this news story out of Massachusetts. West-Nile  is the mosquito that  most of us have heard about in the United States.

Now, another type of illness, Chikungunya which has been reported in the Carribean is making its way to the United States, specifically, the Boston area. Right now there isn’t a cure for this illness and it is something to be on the lookout for.

In the meantime, it is important to take precautions by trying to make sure areas of standing water are minimized and to closely be aware of any unusual symptoms as the result of a mosquito bite.

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Aflatoxin in Peanut Butter

Aflatoxin and Peanut ButterYesterday, a news story from “The China Post”  was released with the following headline, (50%of peanut butter samples contaminated with aflatoxin says the CF)

The CF – Consumers’ Foundation announded the finding as part of a study.

The aflatoxin discovered in test samples did not exceed the 15 parts per billion, (ppb)  limit. The CF reminded consumers  that long-term consumption of aflatoxin-contaminated food can be extremely hazardous to one’s health. Peanut butter is one of the most poular peanut-based products that consumers purchase.

The FDA indicates that aflatoxin in peanuts is unavoidable. For more information on aflatoxin and how to minimize contact with aflatoxin in peanut butter, check out the US National Library of Medicine’s release on Aflatoxin.

Once  a jar of peanut butter is opened, it is important to note the conditions the peanut butter is stored in to determine an overall shelf life value.

Check out this chart, “How long does peanut butter last?

peanut butter shelf life


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Bacteria on Vegetables and Fruits

Bacteria on Fruits and VegetablesCheck out this news story and see for yourself how important it is to wash the fruit and vegetables that you purchase at the store.

Pay close attention to produce that ispackaged and sealed in plastic.

Are you aware that organic produce could have higher bacterial counts than conventional produce? I was surprised there would be quite a difference in some cases.

Rinsing is not always the answer according to this news report. Adding produce to a apple cider/vinegar mix and letting it sit a few minutes may be an alternative to rinsing. In addition, there are some produce sprays that were able to take some of the bacterial matter off of the produce. I find this last part very interesting. The important thing is to take some type of action to reduce the bacteria.

Watch the news clip and learn more about these particular results that came about as a part of this study.

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