How To Survive a Shark Attack

Friday, June 20, 2008

Each year around the world only 100 people are attacked by sharks (and 25 to 30 are killed), but humans kill 30 to 100 million sharks each year. However, it’s the humans who are attacked by sharks that make headlines. What should you do if you're attacked?

• Back up. If you see a shark approaching you, get your back against the ocean wall, a reef, a pile of rocks, a friend, or diving partner. This will minimize the number of angles the shark can attack you, according to the International Shark Attack File.
• Fight back. A diver in Australia was able to fight off a great white shark by hitting it with his spear gun, according to news reports of the incident. Don't play dead; show the shark that you can defend yourself.
• Aim for the eyes or gills. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook says the shark's eyes and gills are the areas most sensitive to pain. It suggests hitting the shark with anything in your possession, including a camera or your own fist, in these pain-sensitive areas.
• Find a tourniquet, if bit. Surfers are at greatest risk of attack because they spend the most amount of time in the water. They're told to carry a three-foot long surgical tube to use as a tourniquet in the event of an attack. The surfboard leash or any other length of material can also be tied above a bite to stop the bleeding, if necessary.
• Get out of the water. Even when fought off, sharks will often return, especially if they can smell blood. Get into a boat or to shore as quickly as possible.

How to Change Your Look Over the Summer

Now school's out and you decide to look different when you come back. This article is here to show you how you can look absolutely gorgeous when you come back from summer vacation.
Your body. Let's face it, in a sea of girls who are stick thin in their bikinis, we kinda compare ourselves to them. The thing they have, the only thing they have that you don't, is body acceptance. Now there is nothing wrong with wanting to lose a couple of pounds but don't become completely obsessed with it. What you want to do is join a sport, or just work out. If you want to join a sport, go to a few camps. It's an easy way to get in shape and meet new people. If you want to work out at home, buy a couple work out DVDs/tapes and actually do them. Also you can buy a dumbbell set and strength train. You will want to, mostly do cardeo to burn fat. So whether at a gym or at home, do 3-4 days of 30-45 minute cardeo and strength train 2 times a week. You might be sore, but it'll get better and you'll start to see results soon.
Go to sleep! Your body needs time to relax and recharge after a harsh day so you need at least 7 hours of sleep. Aim for 10 if you can, but 8 or 9 is fine.
Tanning. You can go lay out for 15-20 minutes a day, with sun protection on both your body and face. You can also go tanning, but that damages the skin and makes you have wrinkles. Also you can use a self tanner, which is a tan you apply. It lasts for about a week though, so you might just want to use a gradually tanning lotion. Jergens has an amazing one.
On to the face! You may have flawless skin, some people do.If you want good skin, go to a dermatologist. Also, every morning and night, wash your face with a cleanser such as Cetaphil. This brand is recommended by dermatologists, but you can also use Neutrogena. Then tone your skin with witch hazel, or just treat with Clean and Clear zit treatment. Then please moisturize. You can with any face moisturizer. You might also want to try a facial, which can also be done at home, its simply steaming your face, putting on a facial masque, and rinsing it off. You can always steam your face, it opens up pores but always try to use something to get the dirt and dead skin cells out of your pores. Do NOT pick if you have acne.
Nails! Do not get fake nails because it will wreck your natural nail, and we don't want that. Just make sure you take good care of the nails that you have. Keep them trimmed and filled, and always keep your cuticles pushed back. Moisturize your hands a lot. If you have ridges, buy a nail buffer and keep them buffed. If you want you can keep your nails polished.
Now for hair. Let your hair grow out during the summer. Right after school goes out, get your hair trimmed, then leave it as it is for the rest of the summer. During the summer, experiment with different shampoos till you find the perfect one. Go to your salon and ask what shampoo they would recommend for your hair. You can also use Pantine, John Frieda, or just about any brand, just stay away from Suave please. You might want to get it cut to your face shape and have it colored.
Clothes. You might want to spend some time working on your wardrobe. You want to get the basics, like a nice pair of dark wash jeans and a nice white t-shirt. Depending on your age, you might want to splurge on investment items, like a nice suit or a little black dress (Audrey Hepburn a la Breakfast at Tiffany's) and some nice pearls. If you're a teen just find jeans and a shirt and just shop around for what you like. Find out what looks amazing on you.
Eyebrows. You might want to get them done professionally, then just pluck the stray ones. If you don't want to spend a lot, then just find your brow bone and follow that. You can find You Tube videos on how to do your eyebrows.
Makeup. This depends on your skin type. If you have dry skin, you will want to stay away from mineralized makeup because it will dry you out. Normal skin (few breakouts usually once a month maybe not) then you are a lucky girl and I envy your skin, because you get to use any drugstore brand and have it not harm your gorgeous amazing skin. Combo to oily people want to find foundations and powders that are oil free. Noncomedogenic doesn't mean a thing anymore. Splurge on foundation, concealer, and powder because when you have amazing (looking) skin it'll make the rest of your makeup look flawless. Everything else just head to the drugstore unless you have a sensitivity to any product.
Summer's over and it's the day before school. Give yourself a really pampering day. Don't exercise if you don't want to that day, but do yoga instead. Plan what you'll bring to school, etc. the night before, and get a really good night sleep. Soft music and herbal tea always helps me get to sleep. Also, a warm bath.
It's the first day of school. Relax, and enjoy yourself, and keep up your routine, (maybe a little less) to maintain your beauty.

* Some find that they tan better moving around.
* Put Vaseline on your eyelashes every night. It can also replace mascara.
* Be confident! Yeah, yeah, people say it all the time. But it's true. It helps so much!
* Stand up straight. Posture is a must.
* Wear lip balm like a god. Put it on morning and night, and whenever else necessary. I recommend lip medex. Made by blistex. It's great.
* For under eye bags, cucumbers actually do work! Also, keep some spoons in freezer, and put them under your bags for a bit, that will help reduce.
* Smell good! Get some perfume. I recommend orange pop by calgone and American eagle No.77 so fresh and pretty!
* SMILE!!!!!!!!

[edit] Warnings

* Be careful in the sun. Wear hats and sunglasses all the time, along with a strong sunblock.
* Eat healthily. Bad foods do not help anything.
* Workouts can leave you really, really sore if done too fast, wrong, or just too hard! Work your way up, don't go bananas trying to lose 10 pounds in a week.

Know the Difference Between Love, Infatuation and Lust

While there's no clear, fool-proof way to decipher your feelings for someone, there are certain ways to make the distinction between love, lust and infatuation clearer for yourself.Write down everything that you associate with the person you're feeling strongly about. Example words on your brainstorm list could include love, butterflies, sex, holding hands, annoying snoring, gorgeous, etc.
Circle each attribute with a different color such as red for lust, yellow for infatuation, and green for love.
See which of the three feelings dominates the page. If one doesn't stand out (like if the distribution seems pretty equal), move on to the following steps for more insight.

Or is it lust?
Or is it lust?
Read literature on the topic. Questions about love are timeless questions that have consumed mankind throughout the ages and are a major theme in many scriptures, tales from mythology, and literature. Read the story of David and Bathsheba from the Old Testament, 1st Corinthians from the New Testament, the story of Ali and Fatima, Echo and Narcissus, or Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Ask your friends or, if you find it easier, ask a complete and utter stranger, so that you get an honest opinion and an outsider's point of view. Tell that person how you feel, and ask them if it sounds primarily like love, infatuation, or lust.
Watch a movie that relates to your situation like "Cruel Intentions" (which is about lust, and wanting what you can't have), "Down to You" (which is about love and leaving it all down to the other person), "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (which is about none of them really but it's about making a mistake and putting it right), "The Notebook," which tells a tale of life-long love and commitment, "The Phantom of the Opera" (which is about both lust and infatuation) and definitely, "Titanic" (which is about holding on to someone forever until you die - that is love - bittersweet love), also, perhaps, "The Fly" (which is about a woman who falls in love with a man who turns into a fly and then goes insane, and yet remains deeply emotionally attached through this agonizing life change - which is love) or High Fidelity (which is about learning what love really is). Yet understand, that movies are fiction that depict idealized rather than realistic love.

Keep in mind that in most relationships, you're feeling all three (love, infatuation, and lust) all at once, to some degree.
To help you make tough decisions about your relationship, ask someone you trust who has lots of experience with the kind of relationship you want for yourself. For example: Say you want to be happily married to one person for life. If your parents have both been bitterly divorced three times, then they are probably not the ones to talk to. On the other hand, if they are about to celebrate their 50th anniversary of bliss together, then they may be ideal to learn from.
Lasting relationships are those that are built on love - not infatuation or lust. Imagine the person you love in 50 years when they are old and fat. Would that change how you feel about them? If yes, then what you feel now is most likely lust/infatuation - not love.
Friendship should also weigh into your decision to commit. In 50 years, if you don't genuinely LIKE your mate, you're going to be miserable.
Remember that jealousy is not a result of love. It is more likely to be a result of infatuation, insecurity or fear of being alone. Are you in love with being in relationships?
A major life-changing decision like moving in together, getting engaged or getting married should be a natural step if you love someone. It should not inspire fear.
Take advantage of the post coital "moment of clarity" to examine your feelings. This is not usually the moment directly after orgasm (where most people are happy with the universe), but 5 or 10 minutes later, when your breathing and heart rate are normal. At this point, does the sex still make you feel closer to that person? Or are you beginning to feel regret and anxiety about what happened? If the latter, then it's most definitely not love but lust.
Give it some time. Love takes root slowly and grows with time. Infatuation grows into full bloom almost immediately.
Keep in mind that "True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be and will not be." (Unknown)
What comes to mind when you think about this person. If you are not dating the person, think if you are eager to spend time with them or you just want to watch them from a distance. If you are in a relationship with the person, What do you want most out of the relationship. If you just want to consummate love to the person it is usually lust. True love is when you could love a person without ever "dropping your drawers" so to speak.

* If you're not sure about your feelings or your relationship, take things slowly. Spend time apart and see how you are feeling while you are away. Do you miss the person? Or are you more attracted to others when you are apart?
* You may also want to consider the fact that it's not always as easy as being one of these three things; often there are a lot of grey areas, the distinctions are blurred, and it is very possible to feel two or even all of these feelings for a person..

Wait For Summer vacation

Can't wait for that ultimate trip? Even if you've got few days more to go, these tips will help you survive.

Pass your time. Find something that you can really get into. On the weekends you might want to do something active, like rock climbing, or taking dancing lessons. If sports aren't your thing, try something else- whatever you enjoy doing. It's important to find something that you enjoy doing because time passes by really quickly.
Consider your close relationships. If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend or really close friend, it may make you less likely to want to leave. This will be a tough situation to deal with. On the other hand, a close relationship can distract your attention.
Know more about your country. Learn about its good things and what it has to offer, because when you leave, you'll appreciate your vacation a lot more, and you might learn a very valuable lesson from this.
Do well in school. Hand in good quality assignments and homework and focus on your exams. If you focus hard on homework and tests, summer will come faster. Also, your parents will not be mad if you get A's all year.
Spot similarities between your place and your vacation. Find things that your vacation location has to offer that your home also does. For example, if you're going to Italy, and you want to have real pizza, don't go to that Pizza Hut, but go to a classic restaurant in your city. But don't do this excessively. If you do, you won't appreciate your vacation spot as much.
Countdown days until summer. This shows you that time is really passing by, fast. However, for some people, counting the days until summer arrives only makes time seem to slow down. Try forgetting about the future and get involved in the current activities. Before you know it, summer's here!

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