Monday, September 23, 2013

Mutilated Currency

If you have a large stash of cash and something horrible happens to it -- like it's seriously damaged in a fire or a flood -- is there any way to get it replaced?  Possibly.  "The Bureau of Engraving and Printing redeems partially destroyed or badly damaged currency as a free public service."  The guidelines on what qualifies as "mutilated currency" and a link to the instructions for submitting a claim can be found on this page:

Once you get your replacement currency, you may want to reconsider the wisdom of keeping it in your mattress. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Brain Eating Ameba

It isn't quite Halloween yet, but this scary little monster has been in the news quite a bit lately.  Naegleria fowleri is more commonly known as the brain eating ameba.  This page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help you learn how to avoid encounters with this potentially deadly parasite:

One thing's sure, you may want to start swimming with a nose clip again whether it looks geeky or not.

Monday, September 9, 2013

First Responders

With the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, you may want to stop this week and thank a first responder for their service.  One way to do that might be to make them aware of the website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security:

The site "provides first responders with information on technology, resources, products, programs, standards, testing and evaluation, and best practices."  It helps the helpers stay on top of their game.  You could also thank them by baking cookies, but this website has fewer empty calories.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Flags of the World

Sheldon Cooper isn't the only one who can have fun with flags.  With the help of the Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook Flags of the World site, you can too!

The site shows dozens of national flags and gives a brief description of each, which often includes information about the history or meaning of the design.  For instance, in Afghanistan's flag "black signifies the past, red is for the blood shed for independence, and green can represent either hope for the future, agricultural prosperity, or Islam."  So, it really isn't easy being green.  In any case, read all about these flags and see which ones make you salute.