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Amusing Monday: Bottled water is now
the king of beverages

For the first time in U.S. history, the consumption of bottled water has now surpassed that of carbonated soft drinks, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation.

Bottled water consumption grew by 8.5 percent last year, while soft drink consumption fell by 1.7 percent, following an ongoing trend, according to the BMC’s Gary Hemphill, as quoted in Plastics News.

The statistics are based on volume consumed, not dollar value, Hemphill said. “Which is really kind of remarkable when you consider bottled water’s growth trajectory didn’t really start until the early ‘90s.”

The shift is largely attributed to growing health concerns related to drinking sugary soft drinks. But bottled water also is displacing the consumption of juice, alcoholic beverages and even tap water. See story by Hadley Malcolm in USA Today.

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Amusing Monday: Random uses for super-cool water

I have known of the existance of super-cooled water for a very long time, but I didn’t realize it was a do-it-yourself project until I saw Grant Thompson’s YouTube video on the subject.

If you’re careful, you can get water, and apparently other liquids, to cool below the freezing point without creating ice. Thompson — the “King of Random” — shows us a few things we can do with super-cooled water in the video on this page.

For a version with more explanation, check out “Instant Ice: Tips, Tricks and Things to Watch Out For!” You can also make what Thompson calls an “Instant Slushy” by super-cooling a soft drink instead of water.

Grant Thompson has done projects far more dramatic and scary than creating super-cooled water. If you haven’t seen his videos before, you can watch him build his own arc welder, melt aluminum and create bottle rockets. On the tamer side, he can show you how to make a candle out of a stick of butter and soap from bacon grease.

Thompson’s You Tube channel is approaching a million viewers. He has appeared on the television news show Good Morning America. (He comes in about halfway through this segment.)

Some ideas he shares could come in handy under survival conditions, such as “Starting a Fire with a Water Bottle.” Related videos include “Five Ways to Start a Fire Using Water” and “Seven Things to do with a Water Bottle.”

Although Thompson’s demonstrations of fire and explosions are dramatic, I found myself more intrigued by the subtle things that he has done, such as safely opening a soft drink bottle after it has been shaken up, a trick he calls the “Soda Ninja Swipe” Thompson also has learned how to “make a paper clip float on water” and “levitate a glass with three dinner knives.”

For the holiday season, he offers some clever ideas that he calls “10 Life Hacks You Need to Know for Christmas.”

Considering the number of videos Thompson has produced on so many odd and interesting subjects, I think he has earned the title “King of Random.”

Amusing Monday: Gaffigan wonders about whales

Comedian Jim Gaffigan has updated and improved his humorous take on whales.

Gaffigan: “I’ve been trying to swim a lot. You always hear that swimming is the best exercise. Do you see how fat whales are? Whales are like swimming all the time. It’s not working, whales!”

I never have to worry about quoting Gaffigan or using his videos in this blog, because he keeps his stories clean, and I’ve never heard him use swear words.

Check out a few of his other stories:

Bottled water

Holiday traditions

Camping

If you like Gaffigan, you can download his 75-minute “Mr. Universe” video for $5 by going to the Jim Gaffigan website.

Bottled water battles are turning into all-out warfare

Let’s start by agreeing that there really is no dispute that buying water in bottles — as opposed to pouring a drink from the tap — has negative environmental consequences.

The bottled water market increases the manufacture of plastic bottles made from petroleum, creates a greater amount of trash, and burns up more fuel by shipping bottles of water around the country. Each step has a negative effect on some part of the environment.

Still, one part of the issue is coming under high-pressure scientific, political and legal debate. It’s the question of whether bottled water or tap water wins in the battle over health concerns.

On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization, reported on tests it conducted of 10 major brands of bottled water. The group announced that it had found 38 contaminants, including some that exceeded California’s state standards for pollutants. It should be noted that California’s drinking water standards are generally stricter than other states’ and that some scientists are disputing the findings.

Still…

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