Indigo Insights

Monday, April 25, 2005

"We lived near the (American) embassy and I always saw Marines standing outside the building," said Goumandakoye. "I talked to one of them one day; I think I was 17. He was very nice and courteous. That is when I knew that I wanted to be a Marine."

with Lynx

>^..^< Who in their right mind would vote to stop the production of armored humvees, to lay off workers at the only plant that makes them? Here's the story.

>^..^< Sailor in the Desert has some excerpts from "Heralds Brighter Black Future," plus a link to the entire intense article.

>^..^< The Conservative Brotherhood continues to grow. I believe Darmon Thornton has an updated blogroll. Give them some hits and promote their cause, while staying current on the movement.

>^..^< Chuck of Big Mouth fame features a banner naming the stingy Americans who have donated $1,030,714,108.34 American dollars for tsunami relief. See The Stingy List.

>^..^< Having to spend a lot of time at the hospital has not slowed down the other Chuck's blogging. He takes the new laptop with him everywhere he goes now! Good for you, Chuck. Keep on keeping those Alabama politicians on their toes!

>^..^< For the lowdown on the new Superman, see SlagleRock. Nice eye candy for females and rebuts Rivrdog and Grouchy Old Cripple.

>^..^< And for some really cute kid pics (and trust me, I'm not easily impressed!) check the offerings at Accidental Verbosity. While you're over there, peruse some of the interesting reading too.

>^..^< Read all about the 25-Word Challenge!

>^..^< Couldn't get a comment to go up at Ramblings' Journal. Wanted to tell Michael that however unkind his blog was, it truly was funny as heck!!

(I don't know why people keep sending me these. They should know that anybody as old as I, has already heard all this stuff and tested some of them!)

from Old Bob, Kinston, NC
Old Wives Tales?

Did You Know That:

Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers." (Don't know; but Gatorade couldn't hurt you.)

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns? (No, I didn't know that.)

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose. (This one works!)

Achy muscles from the flu? Mix one tablespoon of horseradish in one cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles. (and then change the sheets!)

Sore Throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria. (Been hearing it a long time - not tried it.)

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product has never been advertised for this use. (Been hearing this forever too - not tried it.)

Eliminate puffiness under your eyes... All you need is a dab of Preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly. (Sounds reasonable - but caution should be taken to avoid making the eye disappear.)

Honey remedy for skin blemishes... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight. (???)

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again. (Heard about this one a lot too - untried.)

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them. (THIS ONE WORKS!)

Coca-Cola cure for rust... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done. (???)

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly. (Imagine that!)

Smart splinter remover ... just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue. (Possibly?)

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ... cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head. (You didn't hear this from me!)

Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine... a powerful antiseptic. (It's a powerful antiseptic alright.)

Heinz vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process. (Heard it; not tried it.)

Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas. (Doubt it!)

Rainy day cure for dog odor... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh. (THIS ONE WORKS!)

Eliminate ear mites... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, and then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing. (Heard it from a vet and IT DOES WORK! Vet said mineral oil or olive oil. Wesson was not specified.)

Vaseline cure for hair balls... To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a small dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose during shedding season. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system. (Been using this method for years. IT DOES WORK!)

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief.... It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain. (???)

The following is dedicated to a Southern blogger girlfriend. She'll know it's for her if she sees it!! heh

Dear Lord,
I pray for Wisdom to understand my man;
Love to forgive him;
And Patience for his moods.
Because, Lord, if I pray for Strength,
I'll beat him to death.