Saturday, May 13, 2017

ask Google - garbage disposal

Yep, today I asked Google "would your arm really get sucked down into the garbage disposal if it got turned on".  See, we're binge watching Supernatural and a repair guy was fixing a garbage disposal when a poltergeist turned the power back on and it sucked his arm down in and killed him.  Paul questioned the accuracy of that injury and so did I, so we asked the Internet.

I only got one hit:
but it has the answer.  Thank you Google and Straight Dope.

Old 09-17-2007, 02:50 PM

Charter Member

I've treated a couple of patients over the years who had put their hands into running disposals. They were drunk.

The fingers were bruised and contused, and in both cases, holes had to be burned thru the fingernails to release the trapped blood underneath, to relieve their intense pain.

I don't remember having to do any sewing of stuff back together, though.
Old 09-17-2007, 03:29 PM

Originally Posted by Qadgop the Mercotan
I've treated a couple of patients over the years who had put their hands into running disposals. They were drunk.
who needs chicken legs when you have drunk volunteers. Hurray for science.
Old 09-17-2007, 04:20 PM

You could probably force a whole arm through a disposal if you had the will and didn't go into shock(or it was someone else's arm.)

They have limited mean of pulling things down so most people getting hit by the blades are going to pull back and receive some damage but nothing spectacular. They have great ability to turn anything that gravity or any other force pushes into them into puree.
Old 09-17-2007, 04:51 PM

Originally Posted by wolfman
I'm not sure they are even mashed between. There really arn't blades at all. The food is basically swatted by the blade(which is more of a paddle) and thrown into the side of the thing, Until it slips through.
Correct. The main functionality of the garbage disposal is courtesy of the impellers, which are pivot-mounted free-rotating square unsharpened bits of metal on a flywheel. Their primary function is to create a forceful current to pull waste through small rotating holes and/or. Failing that, the suction holds objects in place within the shredder ring while the impellers themselves perform blunt-force shredding of tougher waste. As I mentioned they are unsharpened and free-pivoting, so anything not being sucked against them by the waste stream will just get knocked about the hopper chamber. If there is no water backed up into the hopper, there is no suction. If the object is actually protruding out the top of the drain it may even get knocked upward out of harm's way. If the object is attached to the nervous system of an unrestrained person, almost certainly it will be withdrawn reflexively before any really serous damage can occur.

So the net effect of sticking your hand in would not be unlike sticking it into, say, a metal fan. Metal fans look really scary but in reality they are lightweight, relatively slow-moving, and unsharpened. The most that generally happens is that your hand gets knocked out aside with some bruises to show for it.

Anatomy of a garbage disposal

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ask Google "why so many teen girls named sydney"

From the latest Inside DSISD Newsletter:
Thirteen DSHS track athletes posted regional-qualifying performances in 12 events at the area meet April 19; the Regional Meet will be held on April 28-29 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.

For the girls' team, four athletes won their respective events to capture area titles. Sydney Cole won both the 800 Meters and the 1,600 Meters. Avery Kalsu won the 400 Meters and was part of the third-place 4x400-Meter Relay team. Hannah Biggs won the 100-Meter Hurdles. Other members of the third-place relay team were: Sydney Burtch, Kyndall Womack, and Frankie Lord. Also placing third were Sydney Loveless in the Triple Jump and Lightsey Puryear in the 300-Meter Hurdles.

So I say to myself “That’s a whole lot of Sydneys on the track team!  Why are there so many?”  Well, I asked Google about it and this is what I found out:
A few facts about the girl's name Sydney:
·  Records indicate that 152,690 girls in the United States have been named Sydney since 1880.
·  The greatest number of people were given this name in 2000, when 10,238 people in the U.S. were given the name Sydney. Those people are now 17 years old.
Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Sydney
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Sydney in the U.S. since 1880.

The Social Security Administration has compiled a list of the most popular names of every decade.  For the decade of 2000 to 2009 (because 2010 is the start of another decade) Sydney is the 28th most popular with 76,411 girls named that.  Oddly enough, Natalie is 21st with 95,028!  Wow!  I made the top 25!! Natalia is at 133 with 25,502!  Giselle is at 176 with 19,711 and Paul is at 130 with 30,884.

So I still don’t know why people named their daughters Sydney but I do now know why it seems like there are so many of them!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Daily Search 1/9/2017

how do I find my iphone when it is dead

Guess why.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Daily Search

The first search of today is:
why isn't heb selling vital farms eggs anymore

The whole reason for the search is that there's a note in the cartons of the 4 dozen that I bought last night telling me that Vital Farms is changing the name of those eggs from Texas Chicken Ranch to Alfresco and that HEB will only be selling them at a few select stores and Central Markets.  Since I had already been to Vital Farms' website I ignored all of those hits and went with this one from the San Antonio Express News
I figured that since the article was from April of 2016 that it would be somewhat recent information.  All it told me was that HEB is working towards only selling cage-free eggs and that Vital Farms Chicken Ranch eggs are exactly that.  
So ultimately, with no explanation on Vital Farms' site and Google not giving me links to any true intel, I have no answers.

But I do have this infographic from Vital Farms' website that explains their eggs.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Daily Search Returns!

Today's Daily Search has to do with the fact that in 2 days all of the windows in our casa will be getting replaced.  So it should be easy to guess what my Google search is.
how do I prep for window replacement
And the results that I chose were:

1 -
 This had good information but not as much as I wanted.

2 -
 This one also had some good information, similar to the first but a little more detail in the areas I was looking for.

3 -
 This one was kind of lame - just basic common sense information - and told me less than I already had learned from the prior 2 sites.

 4 -
 So far, this has had the most general information and is organized in a nice 7-point list.

5 -
This one is targeted to the installer and is more about CYA than letting me know what to do ahead of time.  It had a tip to check out the Home Preparation Checklist used by Renewal by Andersen but that document is proving to be not easily found even 3 pages into the search.

Basically, they need 2 feet of work space in front of each window indoors and out so trim back bushes and move furniture.  They need access to power outlets so unblock those.  They need to easily get from their truck to your house & windows so clear your driveway.  You need to take down all interior and exterior wall hangings on the window walls (there will be banging and things might fall) and all window treatments - curtains and blinds.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, April 07, 2013


This is how Waylon likes to spend his days at the park.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013

not gone

I'm not gone, I just haven't been posting ever since my Sprint pictures stopped posting.  When life makes it difficult for me to update here, well, I can take a hint.  I haven't given up and when Sprint pictures work again I'll be back with more adventures from our life.

Friday, February 22, 2013

My First Tattoo!

It's only a henna one, not real ink, but it was fun and I think I'm going to do it again.  I like that it wore off just about the time that I got tired of it!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bread Storage Wars

Giselle's Science Fair project for this year.  Not bad for her first one!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Small Appliance Death

Well, it took me 4 years to do it but I succeeded in killing another blender!  Yea me!  I bought the Krups blender back in June of 2008 and this morning it gave up.  Fortunately I have enough Green Juice made to last for 2 more days, albeit a little chunkier than I usually make it, so I've got some time to shop and ship.  Wish me luck.

Friday, August 17, 2012

"Bushfire" by Bindi Irwin - a book review by Paul

This book review is by my about-to-be 3rd-grade son who had to read this book for school in August of 2012.  Yes, I'm a mean homeschool teacher who assigns books and book reports all summer long.

Bushfire by Bindi Irwin

The book Bushfire by Bindi Irwin is about a group of people who have to help animals from a fire. The people in the story are Richard, he is a vet who is Rosie's dad. Bindi is the daughter of Steve Irwin and she owns the Australia Zoo. Rosie is Bindi's best friend.

At the start of the book, Bindi, her friend Rosie, and Rosie's dad Richard were hiking in the Australian mountains. They saw smoke in the distance so the rushed back home to help out at the animal hospital that Richard works at. Then they went to help out at the fire line. While at the fireline someone brought in a burn echidna and a burnt pregnant koala. The girls brought those two and other animals back to the hospital where they helped take care of them.

In the end, the fire got put out by rain. The momma koala died from her injuries but the baby survived and so did the echidna. Bindi and Rosie worked as hard as the grown-ups to save the animals. The animals were important to them so they were willing to work hard. Bushfire was a good book and I would like to read more of Bindi's Wildlife Adventures.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Farmers Market

We're home from the market and now to once again deal with trying to find a place for all of this:
2 dozen eggs
5 lbs cucumbers
5 lbs pipian squash
10 lbs heirloom Kellogg's Breakfast tomatoes
1 - 10 lb watermelon
10 lbs orange California Wonder peppers
5 lbs pears
5 lbs Juliette tomatoes
10 large onions
1 gallon of milk
and half a case of 2nds of heirloom tomatoes

I'll be saucing and canning the 2nds tomatoes just like last week.  I'll probably roast and can the peppers like I did back in 2008 - they go great with the jalapeno cream cheese from Full Quiver Farms.  And I'm going to cut and freeze the cucumbers to use in my green juice over the winter. So none of that needs to go in the fridge.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Friday, June 01, 2012

Dinner with the family

Minifigs at Cheddar's

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dinner at the Texas Chili Parlor

Mini figs not included.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Birthday Doughnuts!

If you touch it, it's yours!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Way to go HEB!

HEB's house brand now has Texas Style Borracho Beans made with Shiner Bock!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Upside Down Dog

This time with a different friend.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Up-sidepdown Dog

And friend!

The Remains of the Day

Salt Lick on 1826

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Up-side-down Dog

As soon as he realized that I had taken this picture he rolled over and went to bed. Goofy dog!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now THAT'S a raspberry iced latte!!!

I hope it's still 4 shots of espresso not just 4 shots of raspberry syrup, which isn't really what I asked for!!

A proper Southern breakfast

By request - jalapeno & cheese grits, venison & pork link sausage, and a buttery yeast roll, and a fried egg too for one of them.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Upside-Down dog of the day

With his octopus! Seriously he does this himself, no posing of him by us.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Upsidedown Dog Picture of the Day

Stop doing school and pet me, please.

or at least let me outside!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Top 10 Pregnancy Procedures to Reject - Consumer Reports

Some awesome advice from Consumer Reports and since it's not a grading of actual products the whole article is available for free online!!

Top 10 Pregnancy Procedures to Reject - Consumer Reports

Friday, May 11, 2012

Upsidedown Dog again

Please let me go outside and play in the mud!!

Two Sides To Every Story

Tonight's full rainbow seen from the upper deck.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Upside down dog

The kitchen floor is not a usual spot for this.