Monday, December 31, 2012
The American Academy of Ophthalmologists offers some good advice on safely opening a bottle of champagne without poking your eye this New Year's Eve.
Monday, December 31, 2012
If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re probably going to be uncorking a bottle of bubbly on this New Year’s Eve. It’s the uncorking, however, that can potentially poke your eye out and possibly cause blindness, the American Academy of Ophthalmology warns. Improper cork removal can cause serious, potentially blinding injuries, including rupture of the eye wall, retinal detachment, bleeding, dislocation of the lens and damage to the eye’s bone structure. Champagne bottles contain pressure as high as 90 pounds per square inch, more than the pressure found inside a typical car tire, the American Academy of Ophthalmology said. This pressure can cause a champagne cork to shoot at 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle—fast enough to …
Alcohol will affect people differently depending on a number of factors, but how much you drink plays a big role.
Starting the New Year on the right foot without a nagging hangover requires a little bit of moderation and knowing when too much is too much. For partygoers around Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills and Burr Ridge enjoying those holiday spirits may be fun at the time, overdoing it with the booze may make drinkers wish they could go back in time and change their plans. The DuPage County Health Department has offered a number of tips to make sure that ringing in the New Year doesn’t mean starting it with your head in the toilet. How alcohol will affect a person really depends on a number of factors but primarily the amount of alcohol consumed and the rate at which it is absorbed. Other factors that play a role include body weight, alcohol tolerance, …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Check out these interesting fun facts and trivia about New Year's Eve.
If you're celebrating New Year's Eve this year and there's a lull in the conversation, impress your family and friends with this New Year's trivia.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, now they are open and wrapping paper is everywhere! Merry Christmas!
If your family room is anything like mine, it's probably full of tissue paper and bows and the last remnants of wrapping paper torn from presents that were ever-so carefully piled beneath the tree. Hopefully everyone is in good cheer on this beautiful, not-so-white Christmas, day and enjoying time with family and friends. We want to know though: what is your favorite part of Christmas? Is it something you got this year, like a new iPhone 5, sweater or pony? Or is your favorite gift something that can't necessarily be wrapped up and placed under a tree? Is it spending time with your family? Eating cookies? Caroling? Let us know in the comments. And have a very merry Christmas.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Add photos from under the tree to Patch and share them with the community.
Christmas morning is finally here and Patch wants your post-gift-destruction pictures. To the right is one from my own family's archive. That's me on the right and my older brother Terry on the left on Christmas morning 1991. I did my part. Now it's your turn. Add your Christmas morning photos to this story by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button above. Type the names of those pictured in the caption space, and send the link out to Grandma, Grandpa and all your friends so they can see your fam on everyone's favorite morning. We'll re-feature the story throughout the week, so you can check back to see everyone's pictures in an all-encompassing gallery. If you have any questions or have any problems uploading, email me at joe.…
Sunday, December 23, 2012
For more than 55 years, NORAD has been helping kids follow Santa as he travels the globe.
In just a few hours, Santa Claus will begin his trek around the globe to deliver presents to all the kids who’ve been nice this year. (And let’s face it, the naughty ones will probably wake up to something under the tree, too.) If you want to prepare for when Santa will arrive in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills and Burr Ridge the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will again be tracking Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve. NORAD, which normally follows things such as airplanes, missiles and space launches as they fly above North America, got into the Santa-tracking business by accident, according to its website. In 1955, a Sears’ ad printed the phone number of a NORAD (then CONAD) hotline and mistakenly said it was Santa’s number. …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Old Man Winter arrived Thursday, just in time for Christmas travel, but didn't dump as much snow on the Chicago area as predicted.
Friday at 9:10 a.m. Because temperatures, for the most part, stayed above freezing during the storm last night, snow accumulation in the western suburbs was far less than the 2 to 6 inches that was predicted. Read more about the not-so-heavy snowfall here on the Chicago Tribune. Thursday at 6:17 p.m. Just stepped in from outside, and the snow is falling thick and fast. In the interest of public safety, the Hinsdale Police Department posted a link to to a helpful webpage earlier today on its Facebook page: "As the first winter storm approaches, remember to drive carefully and review your preparedness plans. Visit this website for some suggestions: www.ProtectDuPage.org." According to the Mapquest traffic map above, there's another …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Snow storms can be exciting, but the also can be deadly. Here are some tips for staying safe.
It looks like we're going to get our first measurable snow fall this year. Along with the snow comes shoveling which can be a great way to exercise, but also a danger to your health if you aren't careful. Each year, thousands of people are treated in emergency departments across the U.S. for heart attacks, broken bones and other injuries related to snow shoveling. Shoveling is a highly physical activity that is comparable to lifting heavy weights repeatedly and quickly. People with a history of back or heart problems should ask someone else to do the heavy shoveling. If you have to do it yourself, know your limits and don’t overdo it. Here are a few tips for staying healthy during shoveling season: Also, here are some tips for safe winter …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Old Man Winter is expected to arrive Thursday, just in time for Christmas travel.
Updated Thursday at 2:15 p.m. The storm is on its way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warningeffective until 3 a.m. Friday. "Rain will change to snow from west to east late this afternoon or early this evening," the warning reads, "with snow becoming heavy at times. The heaviest snowfall and lowest visibility should occur in the immedate Chicago metro area between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Snow will linger through the night tonight. Very strong winds will develop as the snow arrives and continue Thursday night." The warning says to expect between 2 and 6 inches of snow accumulation. From Tuesday... AccuWeather is reporting a blizzard is on its way as it unfolds near Colorado and Kansas Wednesday and heads northeast to …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
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