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Baby Monitors0

We all know how important it is to keep an eye on babies. 

After all, we don’t want them creeping out of their rooms and eating our brains.

Oh, wait.  That would be zombies.  My mistake.  To me they look quite similar.  Drooling.  Slow-moving.  Scary.


Tie One On – Cables1

Those cable ties that are most commonly used by electricians are also handy gadgets with multiple uses around the house and yard.  We’ve used them to temporarily secure kitchen cabinet doors when impromptu guests drop by with little ones.


Slapstick Safety Videos0

Ah, the safety video.  How many hours have we all endured in front of a screen watching deadpan actors regurgitate details to keep us from being killed in the workplace?  Sure, we learn something from them now and then—but only if we can stay awake.


Most Likely to Die in Tool Accident0

Congratulations, Corey! 

You win our how-not-to-use-a-blowtorch contest by turning a hedge trimmer into a lethal weapon. 

We think taping the trigger into the ON position on any  power tool is a true bonehead move . . . .


5 Ways to Avoid a Christmas Tree Fire0


Why Cranes are Dangerous0

It may have felt like you took your life into your own hands while battling the crowds in the stores yesterday,  but let’s just say, it probably wasn’t as dangerous as driving a crane. There’s a reason why only trained individuals should operate those things.

Some cranes are taller than city buildings and can wreak a path of destruction the likes of which can only equate to a localized natural disaster—like a tornado that picks one specific place to tear to shreds.

Take this accident, for example.  It occurs at the 47-second mark:


How NOT to Deep Fry a Turkey0

I’ve lost track of how many turkeys I’ve deep-fried in my past.  Probably around 30 or so.  But I did my research first.  There are several precautions that are necessary when lowering something the size of two bowling balls into a cauldron of super-heated fluid.   And some serious consequences when you do it wrong. 


Electricity and Water0

Water and electricity are a dangerous, often deadly, combination.  That’s why I found this picture a bit distressing:


Too Hot To Handle?1

One of the many titles I hold right now is Lunch Lady.  And yes, I’m a guy.  But it can’t be helped.  I cook, with one other guy (who is a superhero in my eyes—he’s faster than The Flash), for roughly 350 students who are spread out over three charter schools.

I burn myself—a lot.

I also cook at home, where I consistently burn myself as well.  I’m clumsy; what can I say?

So when I see something that can potentially lessen my pain, I take notice.  And when it’s as silly as the BananaHandle , it really makes my day.


Light for Life0

Many years ago I heard a story about researchers discovering how to make an automobile tire that wouldn’t wear out.  I recall thinking that this was the greatest boon to society and the environment that I’d heard of in years.

Then the story simply vanished, possibly assassinated by a giant industry that needs people pay butt-loads of cash for a product that suffers from wear-and-tear.

With that in mind, here is a product that I hope not only lives up to its hype, but won’t be quietly silenced: the Nokero Solar Light Bulb .

This product makes sense.  Made of impact-resistant plastic, these lights carry four solar panels and a NiMH rechargeable battery.  Five LEDs create the illumination.  And, all in the size of a regular old light bulb.

Designed to replace kerosene lamps, this bulb can generate two hours of light per daily charge.  In addition to making it easier to see around the ol’ camper, 1.6 billion people around the world still rely on burning fuel for light, which is dangerous and expensive, and environmentally unsound.    

From my standpoint, the Nokero bulb would absolutely rock during the many Florida storm days when the electricity gets wiped out.  I’ve been through hurricanes where I sat for days in candle-lit rooms, drinking warm beer and eating sandwiches of stale bread and frighteningly melted cheese.

At least with these lights I’d be able to see what I was eating.

See.  Even the bull is happy that he can see what he’s eating. 

I’m stocking up, and I’m going to keep them right next to my Sidewinder

by John Barker

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