Pat Shingleton: "Snow Eating and Bandaids..."
Even though we are just 3 days into spring, snow storms will return to those in the northern sections of the country. I mentioned
what my Mom often told us in previous columns, "I don't want 'younze' kids eating that 'thar' snow!" Science Magazine revealed that
snowflakes form around bacteria seeds such as Pseudomonas syringae which causes a fatal disease in beans and tomatoes, not people.
Catching snowflakes on your tongue is no big deal but buckets of it could give you a tummy ache. Mom would also encourage us to take
off the Band-Aid and let the cut "air-out..." In 1962, Dr. George Winter compared open-air abrasions to covered wounds on young pigs.
Skin cells grew twice as fast on covered wounds that were moist rather than scabbed. As we enjoy the first days of Spring, today’s
cool weather shouldn’t prevent us from heading outside for a little grilling. Folks in Australia are wrapping up Summer, welcoming
Autumn and possibly tossing a few shrimp on the “bar-bee.” Australia’s Northern Territory government suggested that residents
of the northern territories, do-their-part to assist in climate change. Government officials released a list of “recommendations” of
practical actions for households. One suggestion includes doing away with special refrigerators that are configured to hold a keg
of Foster’s lager. Retiring them would save about $200 per year, per user, in energy consumption. The chief minister of Australia’s
Northern Territory ignored the recommendation noting the need for a barbecue and a beer.