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IT’S APRIL – ARE YOU SUNLOTION SMART?

7 Isles readers already know sunlight is a major cause of skin aging.  But do you actually know what the ratings numbers mean?  An SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB ray, SPF 30 shields 97%, and SPF 50 is supposed to keep off 99%.   Those numbers only measure UVB protection.  People need UVA/UVB protection, also called broad-spectrum protection.  Wear the highest protection possible and also look for “photostabilized” formulas.  This means their UV filters won’t break down as rapidly.  A few of the recommended sun protection brands include Neutrogena, Coppertone and Aveeno. (Health.com July/August ’08)

PROTECTION FROM ONLINE SCAMS

Ever get scammed online or almost scammed?  Rid yourself of frustration with knowledge and excellent advice.  www.onguardonline.gov is an educational government website where experts reveal their top tips for computer safety.  The website has entertaining interactive quizzes so it won’t feel like school plus videos about online security and advice about how to report scams.  Try the “Tic Tac Toe” game that tests your knowledge about peer-to-peer file sharing.  This is a website that will help adults and teens.

LUNCH BAG THIEVES BEWARE
Office workers and kids need protection -- from lunch bag thieves! Thwart those sneaky moochers with the anti-theft lunch bag.  This plastic zip lock bag has a fake “green-stuff” mold pattern printed right on it.  It looks yucky enough to gross out ‘most any lunch bag sampler.  This great idea is from aerospace engineer Sherwook Forlee.  Now why didn’t someone’s mother think of it?  Find them at www.boingboing.net.

BUG SOLUTIONS
Barry “The Bug Guy” Murray, the Truly Nolen national spokesperson, has a weekly blog that serves as a teaching tool while allowing users to share their own insect adventures. Called The Insect Inquirer, the blog provides 21st century information about bugs and solving bug problems.  With more than 500 television appearances on his resume, Murray can both teach and entertain.  See ‘The Insect Inquirer” or www.trulynolen.com (Miami Herald June ’08)

THE TRUTH AWAITS YOU
Find out the rest of the story as well as the news “they” don’t tell you at Globalpost.com.  Globalppost.com gives news items and different points of view than found on commercial media by presenting free foreign press stories that haven’t been picked up elsewhere in the U.S.   After the past four years, maybe everyone should check this out. (NPR)

DID YOU KNOW THIS?

Jello Instant Pudding has more sodium than potato chips per gram. (Consumer Reports) According to Mark Hyman, M.D. electomagnetic frequencies create electro pollution, which is bad for your brain.  He says keep your alarm clock six feet away from your head and use a speaker phone with cell phones. (The Ultramind Solution)  “Methusaleh,” a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, is nearly 4,000 years old, making it older than Egypt’s most ancient pyramids. (National Geographic Traveler, Feb. ’08). The most popular drink in the U.S. in 2008 was the Margarita.  Since the average Margarita had about 750 calories, it’s no wonder those salads aren’t working.  (02/08/09 Today Show Kathy-Hoda Segment).  The Outback restaurant salmon has 1003 calories, equivalent to 39 chicken nuggets or 40 strips of bacon. (Eat This Not That) Need to freeze a six-pack of beer in a hurry?  Use a fire extinguisher!  (NPR January ’09)

TSA LOCKED SUITCASES NO PROTECTION GUARANTEE

After September 11 it became illegal to lock airline suitcases in the U.S. except with an approved TSA (Transportation Security Administration) lock.  The TSA inspects suitcases only at the departure point of a journey and if a screening alert merits it, can either open, or break open, a lock.  But TSA locks are only approved for DOMESTIC travel.  Screeners in some countries do not have a master key or code for these locks and so must cut them.   Traveling overseas with TSA approved locks is no assurance that your bags won’t be opened.  (Conde Nast Traveler Dec. ’08)

LOCATE PETS AND FAMILY MEMBERS

Here’s something that’ll give you one less thing to worry about.  Easily track a pet, family member or car with one of the Zoombak GPS devices. Described as a “Universal Locator,” the 2 lb. pet model easily fits a pet’s collar…or choose one for a spouse’s suitcase or teenager’s car.  It alerts you when the subject leaves your preset safety zone and has a 24/7 toll free customer service.  Look up Zoombak GPS Devices on Amazon.com.  The customer service does not include family counseling after you’re caught spying.

HAVE A GOOD LAUGH -- SEE WHAT YOUR PET SEES

Once you’re done with serious spying, try the Pets Eye View Camera. See the world through the eyes of your 4-legged friends! This little spycam fits on the collars of dogs or cats and can be programmed to take photos at one, ten or fifteen minute intervals.  Under $50 from Bravofun.

FOLLOW THE MONEY
Suspicious about the Bank Bailout?  The Treasury Department Website has been created to show how the $700 billions bank bailout fund is being spent.  www.Financialstability.com. (Sun Sentinel, March 8, ’09)


RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION

If you have a craving for something healthy and different, don’t miss the Indian buffet at the Madras Café.  Highly recommended by a respected Sun Sentinel reviewer, it has “Great Indian food…pure ingredients… with no gas pains later.”  The generous lunch buffet, served 7 days a week, features a variety of Indian fare with made-on-the-spot dosas, delicious thin lentil pancakes stuffed with potatoes & onions.  Sunday dinner buffet also.  The simple décor is cheerful and clean.  We noticed a large number of folks from India dining there, as well.  Lunch buffet is served seven days and there’s a dinner buffet on Sunday.   The Madras Café, 1434 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, between McNab Rd. and Atlantic Blvd. (954) 977-5434.  www.madrascafe.net

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