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Winner: Dottie

It’s always nice to get some fresh faces on the winners podium. This was Dottie’s first win and she had to beat the always dangerous Judy and first timer Lisa. All the men playing this evening finished way back in the pack.

Quite a bit of controversy arose over what is the most unnatural perversion. If you think zoophilia, pedophilia and pederasty are worse and more unnatural than celibacy, well then you are wrong, or at least you were scored as being wrong. Must have been some really perverted person who put that question-and-answer together. Going to have to ask Darin where she got that one from.

Good question!: On average, how much do the ashes weigh from a cremation?

Choices: a. 9 lbs   b. 15 lbs   c. 24 lbs   d. 33 lbs

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Answer: 9 lbs

How much ash is produced when a body is cremated?

About 5 pounds for an adult. The weight can vary from 3 pounds all the way up to 10, depending on the size and density of the deceased’s bones. Organ tissue, fat, and fluids burn away during cremation, leaving only bone behind when the incineration’s completed.

In general, the taller the person, the more bone or “ash” is left. Men generally produce more ash than women do because their bones are denser. And young people usually have greater bone density than the elderly because of age-related bone loss. Animals work the same way—a fine-boned bird will produce less ash than a dog of similar size.

During cremation, a corpse is burned at around 1,700 degrees for two to four hours—the fleshier the person, the longer it takes to cremate the body. After incineration, the remaining bone fragments are ground up into a substance with the consistency of powder. (The powder might include larger bits of bone that didn’t get ground down completely.) The final remnants are known as ashes or cremains.

If you can handle it – a Hindu funeral ceremony by the Bagmati river, Kathmandu, Nepal.

WHAT DO PEOPLE DO WITH THE ASHES?

There are a wide range of options for cremated remains, including interment in a cemetery, storage in a columbarium, scattering, preservation in an urn, and even incorporation into jewelry and art. The beauty of cremation is that it allows you the freedom to memorialize your loved one in almost any way that you prefer.

An increasingly popular option is to scatter the cremated remains. Friends and family can gather at a location that held special meaning for the deceased and scatter the ashes there. Examples include: a nearby wooded area, a mountain, a river, the ocean, and so on. Additionally, there are now a number of services that offer to scatter a loved one’s cremated remains in special locations or in a very specific manner such as scattered from an airplane or incorporated into fireworks. One company will even send a small sample of the remains into space. Scattering cremated remains can be a very unique and beautiful way to honor the life of a loved one.

A creative and innovative way to honor your loved one’s memory is by making their cremated remains part of a special object or piece of art. A portion of the cremated remains can actually be incorporated into crystal or other keepsakes which allow the family to carry a small part of their loved one with them at all times. New technology also allows for the creation of cremation diamonds which are genuine diamonds generated from a small portion of the cremated remains. These gems are a beautiful way to celebrate a life and often become family heirlooms. Cremated remains can even be mixed with paint and used to create a portrait of the deceased or mixed with materials to create a memorial sculpture. And even more options for final disposition of ashes continue to become popular every day.

“Ashes to ashes and dust to dust,” is a phrase often uttered during funeral services. Although it is derived from a verse in the Christian Bible, its message is fundamental – from dust we arise and to dust we must eventually return. It is a somber declaration to be sure, but knowledge of that process can certainly help lessen the burden and bring peace of mind when experiencing the loss of a loved one.

 

 

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Winner (June 28): Droppin’ followed by CarolD and the Driver

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Winners (July 05): Chris, young Dave, and CarolD

The June 28 game was notable for its outdoors / camping theme and it’s indoor cook out. Mistress Daphne returned after fighting fires in Nevada and California to manage both the game and the roasting of the S’mores. Rosebud was leading in the game until she tried her first S’more. After that she lost interest in the game and just concentrated on making more S’more’s. Pluto, who grew up in the South Bronx, which is not exactly camping territory, crashed and burned early.

We learned about hobo dinners and cowboy coffee, but most importantly learned that black bears can run at speeds up to 35 miles an hour and have an incredible sense of smell, so be careful out there in the woods.

Good question!: Ticks must be connected to their hosts for at least how long to pass Lyme disease?

Choices: a. a minute   b. an hour   c. 36 hours   d. just a bite

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Answer: 36 Hours

Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise:

Preventing tick bites
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks
Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks with DEET or Permethrin
Use repellents that contain 20 to 30% DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.

Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.

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