World Rabies Day is Designated for Sept. 8

Rabies is a very serious, even deadly disease that can be prevented. September 8 has been designated World Rabies Day according to a PRN Newswire release. The new international event will launch global efforts to eliminate the dangerous and mostly fatal disease of rabies. The 1st ever World Rabies Day will include participation from Canada, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Brazil, Pakistan, Thailand, Ethiopia, South Africa, Germany, Haiti, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These statistics were made available by the August 5 issue of the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association.
Rabies killed 55,000 people around the world last year. Three of those deaths were in the U.S. There is a vaccination available to prevent Canine Rabies. Human rabies can be prevented and Wild-life Rabies can be controlled. Canine Rabies is wide spread in Asia, Mexico, Africa and parts of Latin America where the control of dogs is difficult. Rabies can be spread from dogs, cats, bats, raccoons, and skunks.
In the United States rabies is most often spread from bat to human. The bite of a bat is often small or unnoticeable and can go undetected as people are often bit while they are asleep. Rabies is most often found in the U.S. in the bat population. There were 7,000 confirmed cases of animal rabies in the U.S. last year with 3 deaths of humans confirmed. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. where rabies is not found. In 15 out of 23 diagnosed cases of rabies, the infection was attributed to bats. Rabies is found on all continents except Antarctica.
Signs and symptoms of rabies: The signs and symptoms of rabies are non-specific. Fever, anxiety and extreme malaise are some of the symptoms. The incubation of rabies can be anywhere from 20-60 days until symptoms appear.
Care after exposure: Thorough washing of the wound is an absolute necessity, immediately after exposure. Receiving the anti-serum and the vaccination is vital to a patients survival.
Pre-exposure vaccinations for the rabies virus is crucial for anyone who might be exposed to the rabies virus through their employment, or while traveling.
World Rabies Day will lead off with the World Rabies Day Symposium and Expo to be held on Sept. 7, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. Speakers for the event will consist of Wildlife Services of the USDA, the National Center for Zoonotic, the Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases and the Pan-American Health Organization. The subject will be, “The Challenges of Rabies Control”. Jeana Giese, the world’s 1st rabies survivor, will share her personal experiences with the disease and her treatment. You can learn more about rabies and World Rabies Day by clicking on this link.

New Year’s Eve Drinks for the Designated Driver

Well, not every Santa needs to be a drunk one this Christmas, so this little elf has come up with some delicious non-alcoholic drinks that will lift anyone’s spirit’s this holiday season.
No Hangover Sunrise
8 oz. orange juice
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz Grenadine
1 oz cranberry juice
Fill a tumbler with ice. Pour the orange juice over the ice. Add the lime and cranberry. Do not stir. Pour the grenadine slowly over top of this drink to create that beautiful sunrise look. Garnish with a fresh orange slice, or cranberries to make this festive for the holidays.

The Good Girl scout
1 Sprig of fresh Mint
8 oz. Hot Chocolate (White or Milk)

1 oz. Peppermint flavored syrup (ask your local coffee house or grocer)
Peppermint Chocolate Bark and or candy cane (for Garnish)
Cozy up with this Christmas time classic. Grab your favorite mug and fill it with hot chocolate. Add the peppermint flavoring. For an impressive looking drink, garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and crumbled peppermint chocolate bark on top. Or, simply add a candy cane and enjoy!

Grandma made it home Eggnog
8 oz. Eggnog
1 oz. Almond flavored syrup (ask your local coffee house or grocer)
You can serve this drink hot or cold. Combine ingredients for a much nicer treat than “Brandy” ever gave.
So whatever your reason for laying off the heavy stuff this season, make sure to treat yourself to fun, festive and alcohol free versions of your favorites this season!


Where to Find Patchwork Design Magazines

The best place to look for publications with patchwork designs for quilting is your nearest local quilt shop. There you will find a wide assortment of everything you need for constructing quilts from threads and templates to books and an assortment of wonderful fabrics that are most suitable for quilting.
If you do not have a local quilt shop in your area the next place to look for magazines with patchwork designs would be the nearest “big box” bookseller such as Borders or Barnes and Noble. These stores generally have huge departments with a variety of titles on many subjects. If you can’t get to one or there isn’t anything in your area, these large chain retailers also have websites where you can find titles such as Better Homes and Garden’s “American Patchwork and Quilting” among others without ever having to leave home.
Still searching on the home front, you might be surprised to learn what you can find when you look to your local newsstand. Some of the larger ones will carry a wide variety of interesting periodicals that you probably didn’t know existed and the hobby section will more than likely have at least a couple of magazines devoted to the art of quilting.
The last place to look on the local front is the main branch of your public library. The main branch will be larger than neighborhood branches and have more sections with a wider selection of materials. (Small or satellite branches may have only a few items grouped together due to lack of space.) Depending on courses offered it is also possible that a university library may have a selection of magazines on quilting and patchwork. Titles come and go from publication over time so a library with a large archive might even have patchwork magazines that are no longer in print.
If you live in a small town many of these resources may not be available to you. In that case you will want to investigate to see if there are any quilting groups that meet in your area. Churches and community centers are good sources for quilt groups and members can be good sources for patchwork patterns and information as active quilters often save magazines and other materials for years and years.
Amazon would seem to be the most logical place to go when searching online as it may well be the largest Internet retailer. Amazon sells some of everything so you could get some of your notions as well while shopping for your patchwork magazines. While there you should be sure and check out the quilting books as well and always click on the “available used and new at this price” links displayed for excellent deals.
The next place to look is websites and forums that specialize in quilting. Many will have banner ads for quilt publications and catalogs and you need only to click on those ads to learn more about the publications. Most ads will open a web page in a new window so you will be able to return to what you were looking at previously. Some of those same ads will likely appear when browsing quilt related web pages on the HGTV and DIY web sites which themselves are also sources for patterns and projects.
The individual quilt magazines will more than likely have their own websites and some patterns may even be available for free online. Of course the simplest projects do not require an actual patchwork pattern but when you’re looking for inspiration or for something different magazines can be a good way to go because they are always publishing articles on what’s new and innovative and taking a look at the latest technologies.

2’Dancing with the Stars’ Wardrobe Malfunctions: Interview with Designer, Randall Christensen

Randall Christensen, who designed the exquisite costumes on Dancing with the Stars for 11 seasons, answered a few questions regarding the most recent wardrobe malfunction with Nancy Grace on season 13. In week 2 of the show, Nancy’s dress slipped, revealing more of her right breast than was planned after performing the Quickstep with her partner, Tristan MacManus. Days after the mishap occurred, reports surfaced that Nancy was wearing pasties on her nipples, contending what viewers witnessed wasn’t her actual nipple popping out, but a breast petal. Randall, with over 30 years experience designing dance costumes, shared his thoughts on the wardrobe malfunction and whether contestants actually wear breast petals before their performances on Dancing with the Stars.
As Nancy Grace walked down the stairs at the beginning of the show, Christensen noted something about her costume right away.

“The first thing I thought about was it’s a great neckline, but its really extra low and extra wide on the shoulders,” the DWTS designer said. “But, they had a dress rehearsal and I thought, ‘Well, they had a dress rehearsal and they should have nipped and tucked or did whatever they needed to do.”

Randall continued with a bit of gasp, “Sometimes those things do happen — but….wow!
The longtime designer for the hit reality show adds that when costume makers are dealing with larger busted women who are heavier, there’s more opportunity for jiggle and move about. He explains that it’s important to have safety guards in this instance, meaning a tighter fit around the bustline and ensuring that breast petals are worn by the dancers.
“When you have a neckline that wide — and, of course, we do make very sexy costumes, that’s the desired affect — you absolutely have to take every precaution you can,” Christensen says. “Tighten the elastic, put another nip tuck in that bust to really hold the breast in. That’s all. Any gaping you see, run back there with safety pins, elastic, and notes, to get that thing all nipped and tucked and back up to the workroom to be adjusted.”
This brings up the subject of breast petals, which even Nancy, herself, adamantly states what viewers saw on screen when her dress slipped. Christensen says both celebrity and dancers are highly advised to wear them on DWTS so they will avoid a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
“We furnish in their dressing room at two pair of breast petals every Monday and Tuesday for each show,” he notes. “In case they perspire, or there’s too much bronze and cream, or the petals don’t stick, they have a second set to put on. And I’ve always insisted to the point where the dancers would sometimes roll their eyes at me, ‘Like really, do we have to wear the petals?’ I tell them if they don’t do it that I’m going to run in there have them pull the top down, and check myself because we cannot have a multi-million dollar fine on our hands. There have been a couple of times where the celebrities or dancers would not wear them, and I’ve had go to the producer and the producer would come down and say, ‘You absolutely have to wear them.’ So, I’ve made doubly sure.”

Was Nancy Grace really wearing breast petals when her wardrobe malfunction occurred on Dancing with the Stars?
“Typically petals are a very, very pale beige. Like a bandaide. They’re a very, very light creamy color, not brown. I saw brown, I didn’t see pale. Whether they wear them now I don’t know, I’m not there so I couldn’t tell you. Unless they changed the color of petals, it didn’t look like a petal to me. Why would you wear a breast petal if it’s brown? The idea is to not make it appear that you’re looking at a nipple.”

What about wardrobe malfunctions concerning the male dancers?
Christensen answers, “The men’s costumes I’ve been most concerned about the ripping seam of pants, mainly the crotch. And that has happened a couple times on the show when a lunge to the floor is executed and next thing you know, the whole crotch seam has busted. Most of the time it happens in dress rehearsals. Only once has it happened on national TV with Joey Lawrence in season 2. There’s triple stitching on the inseam of those pants so that they’re really strong to prevent crotches from busting out. If the shirt button comes undone, no one’s going to care about that on a guy.”
How does Christensen feel Nancy Grace handled the whole wardrobe malfunction on Dancing with the Stars? He concludes, “She made a good save, which was good. And it could have been worse, I’m sure. The whole breast could have come out, but it was enough out for me.”

Best Websites for Tattoo Designs

Are you interested in getting a tattoo? Perhaps it’s your first tattoo, or maybe you want to add on to tattoos that you already have. Keep in mind that it’s important to find a tattoo that you absolutely love before making the final decision to have it done. It is far easier to not get a tattoo in the first place than to have it removed later on. Here are some of the different websites that anyone interested in getting a tattoo may want to visit for tattoo designs.
Tattoo Designs
For free tattoo designs, you may want to visit the Tattoo Designs website, which can be found at tattoo-designs-free. Here, you will be able to find tattoo designs in categories that include stars, butterflies, tigers, fairies, mermaids, roses, flames, hearts, flowers, dragons, eagles, and more. It is a great place to begin your search for tattoo designs, but there aren’t that many tattoo designs to choose from.

Tattoo Johnny
One of the best places on the web to find tattoo designs is Tattoo Johnny. Artists create tattoos and you browse the images on the site according to keyword. After you’ve found the tattoo design that you want to use, you pay the website a certain amount of money so that you can print the image out for your tattoo artist. The website is tattoojohnny.

Another website that is very similar to Tattoo Johnny is SkinU. All that you need to do is search through the tattoo designs on the website, in order to find one that you want. Once you have found it, you will purchase it and then give it to your tattoo artist. The website can be found at skinu. Although the selection is not quite as large as Tattoo Johnny, there is a decent amount of tattoo designs to browse through.


David Bolt
David Bolt’s website works similarly to Tattoo Johnny and SkinU. One of the main differences is that the artwork is only done by one specific person, rather than a group of artists. There are many very nice images to choose from, ranging from butterflies to fairies to dragons and everything in between. The website is davidbollt.

These are just three of the many websites out there where you can find tattoo designs. Keep in mind that another way to find a tattoo design that you may be interested in is to visit a search engine, such as Google or Yahoo, for images. No matter what you decide on, it’s important to keep in mind that you should choose something that you absolutely love because there’s a good chance that you will have the tattoo that you get for the rest of your life.