How to Walk on Ice

If you live somewhere with cold winters, it’s almost impossible to avoid walking on ice. Slipping on ice might not seem like a big deal, but it can lead to serious injuries. There are some tricks you can use to help navigate your way the next time you’re stuck in an arctic blast.

EditWalking the Right Way
Move slowly. Dashing across ice is just asking to fall. Instead, walk slowly so your body has time to adjust to the slick surface. You’ll use less force as you move, which means you won’t get as hurt if you do fall. [1]

Walk with small steps. If your feet are too far apart, you’ll have trouble keeping your balance on the ice. Take a small step so your foot is only a couple of inches ahead of the other. Then, repeat with the other foot. It’ll take longer, but you’ll be much safer. [2]

Shuffle forward. Keep your feet about a foot apart. Then, slowly shuffle one foot at a time as you walk. This boosts your center of gravity, so you can stay steady even when the surface isn’t. [3]
Picture the way penguins wade. Try to mimic that as much as possible.

Stand up straight. Good posture makes a ton of difference when walking on ice. Straighten your back so it’s lined up with your legs. This helps control your balance. [4]
Keep your arms at your sides. Moving your arms too much can make you lose your balance.

Hold on to something. Sometimes you need extra support. Trekking poles make it easier to walk over ice because they can grip the ice and help you stay balanced. If you don’t have a pole, try a cane. [5]
If you don’t have a pole or cane handy, check if there’s anything nearby. Railings, ledges, and walls can help in a tight spot.

EditAvoiding the Danger Zones
Watch out for black ice. Black ice is sneaky. It is a thin layer of clear ice that blends in with the ground. It looks like an ice-free surface, but it’s a major cause of ice-related injuries. [6]
After a snowstorm, walk slowly, just in case there’s black ice. Test the ground before stepping with your full weight.

Avoid parking lots and other areas with asphalt, where it’s easy for the ice to camouflage.

Avoid slopes and hills. Flat surfaces are much safer than hills. Icy hills can’t hold your weight, so it’s easier to fall. Avoid walking on icy hills if possible. [7]

Be careful on melting ice. Warmer weather doesn’t necessarily mean safer conditions. When ice is melting, it becomes even slipperier. If you notice that the ice is starting to melt, walk carefully to avoid tripping. [8]

Pay attention to your surroundings. When walking in icy areas, make sure to keep an eye on the ground. Ice usually isn’t distributed evenly, so it can surprise you if you’re not paying attention. Keep an eye out for ice up ahead, so you can adjust your pace in time. [9]

EditDressing Appropriately
Wear shoes with traction. When walking over ice, the right shoe can make all the difference. Shoes with traction give you a firmer grip, so you’re less likely to slide. Think sneakers or boots with rubber soles, or cleats that have built in spikes. [10]
Don’t wear leather boots or shoes with leather soles. They have weaker traction, meaning you’re more likely to lose your balance.

Ice chains can be attached to shoes to help give you the extra grip you need.

Wear a heavy jacket. No matter how careful you are, there’s always a chance you’ll fall. Wearing a heavy winter coat can help soften the blow. Try the puffy kind to give yourself an extra cushion.[11]
Wearing thick, heavy pants can also help.

Use gloves with grip. When we fall, our first instinct is to put our hands out to catch ourselves. It’s important to protect your hands with sturdy gloves. Gloves with grip can stop you from slipping any further. They can also help you get a good grip on railings while you walk.[12]
Think work gloves with black pads on the palms and fingers.

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Today in History for 4th March 2019

Historical Events

1351 – Ramathibodi becomes King of Siam
1861 – Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th US President
1876 – US Congress decides to impeach Minister of War Belknap
1964 – Jimmy Hoffa convicted of jury tampering
1972 – Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
1973 – 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America

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Famous Birthdays

1875 – Alberto Vaccari, Italian jesuit/old testament scholar/interpreter
1922 – Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), born in Amreli, Gujarat, India (d. 2002)
1927 – Philip Batt, 29th Governor of the U.S. state of Idaho
1962 – Greg Kragen, NFL nose tackle (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
1965 – Jonathan Shearer, Scottish castaway
1982 – Mariano Altuna, Argentine racing driver

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Famous Deaths

1977 – Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
1999 – Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
2001 – Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
2002 – Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
2006 – Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)
2008 – Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)

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How to Make Jiggly Slime

There are tons of unique and fun ways to make slime, including some delicious edible recipes. But one of the most fun is jiggly slime, which is made from foamy hand soap or shaving cream and some extra hot water. If you or your kids are interested in making some jiggly slime, it’s a simple process that’s tons of fun!

of PVA glue

of saline contact lens solution or liquid starch

of foamy hand soap or shaving cream

of water

Food coloring (optional)

EditMixing Your Ingredients
Pour of PVA glue into a large bowl. This is the equivalent to 2 bottles of glue. After pouring it in, squeeze the bottle out to get as much glue as you can into the bowl.[1]
Put your empty glue bottles aside after emptying them.

Add of warm water to the glue. Start by filling your empty glue bottles with warm water. Now, pour this water into a measuring cup until you get and add it to the bowl. Stir it in with your spatula until the mixture is a smooth consistency.[2]Set aside any extra water that’s in your glue bottle.

Mix in of foamy hand soap. Squeeze the soap into a measuring cup and dump it into your solution. Afterward, mix it in with your spatula until the mixture is homogenous.[3]Swap your hand soap with of foamy shaving cream (but not gel!) if you’d like.

Add the contact lens solution at a time. Start by adding of your solution and then mix it in with your spatula for about 30 seconds. Now, repeat this process, making sure to mix the solution in thoroughly in between each addition.[4]Be sure to stir everything together thoroughly.

Stop after you’ve added about of solution.

You can use saline contact lens solution (with boric acid), liquid starch, or laundry detergent.

Continue mixing your slime until it forms a ball. Once you notice your slime forming spiderweb-like strands, stop adding the solution and mix your slime together until it forms a ball. At this point, there should be no excess slime on the edges of the bowl.[5]Scrape any pieces of excess slime into the ball with your spatula.

Mix food coloring into your jiggly slime mixture if you’d like. Coloring can be food dye, water paint, acrylic paint, pigments, confetti, glitter, or any combination of these things. Start by adding 2 to 3 drops of your coloring substance and mix it into your mixture. Mix it in well with your spatula and then continue adding more of the same color to create a stronger color or mix in other colors.[6]Continue experimenting and adding colors until you get one you like.

To create a sparkling look, add some glitter and confetti.

Keep in mind that the colors will be lighter than normal when using white glue.

EditKneading and Storing Your Slime
Knead your slime until it’s a smooth, jiggly consistency. Take your ball and knead it—which is when you stretch, pull, bend, and twist it—until it’s the right consistency. You’ll notice your slime changes consistency as you knead it—continue until you’re happy with the final result.[7]Take your slime out of the bowl and knead it on a flat surface for the best results.

Mix of hot water into your slime. After kneading your slime, you need to add some hot water to make it jiggly. Pour the water into the bowl with your slime and then poke holes in your slime to help it absorb it. Afterward, lift the slime up over the bowl for about 10 to 15 seconds and let the excess water drain out.[8]Check that your slime is jiggly. If you think it needs more hot water, add another and mix it in again.

Refrigerate your jiggly slime in a Ziploc bag or throw it away. When you’re done playing with your slime, throw it out or refrigerate it for later use. Be sure to store it in a Ziploc bag and close it tightly so as little air as possible enters.[9]
Your slime will probably last 1 week or less in the refrigerator.

If you notice mold or bacteria growth, throw the slime away.

Keep your refrigerator temperature at .

EditThings You’ll Need
Rubber spatula

Large metal or plastic bowl

Always wash your hands after playing with your slime.

Don’t put too much coloring into your jiggly slime or you might stain your hands.

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