Woman Cancels Her Baby Shower Because Guests Made Fun of Her Kid's Name

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A mom-to-be found out the hard way that if you give your kid a ridiculous name, people are going to make fun of it.

One of my favorite running gags in Bad Santa is the fact that the little boy who inexplicably becomes obsessed with Billy Bob Thornton is named Thurman Merman. It’s a popular movie, so you’d think that this unnamed mother would’ve seen it and realized that someone’s last name should play a role in the first name that they’re given. A good example of that is baseball player David Justice. His parents didn’t go and call him Augustus, because Augustus Justice sounds like a superhero character from a children’s book series.

My name isn’t exactly conventional either, so I don’t get upset when people say, “Oh, Mufasa, like The Lion King?” I get it, they probably don’t know that many Mustafas, which is fine. I’m not going to get up in arms whenever someone makes a You Don’t Mess with the Zohan reference to boot.

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But she was so gob-smacked that her so-called “friends” would have the gall to insult her child that she up and un-invited them from her baby shower all because they had a thing or two to say about the name she plans to give her son.

And what is that  name? Squire Sebastian Senator.

Yep, she already thought it was a good idea to name her son after a knight-in-training, or after the ’80s band responsible for the absolute bangers The Stroke and Lonely is the Night (granted the spelling is a bit different, but still.)

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Squire’s mother expressed her dissatisfaction with the group in a now viral Facebook post calling out everyone for being the no-good, two-bit, backstabbing liars they are by making fun of her child’s name.

Perhaps the best part of the righteous indignation she displayed in her invective targeted at all the meanies in her friend group is the fact that she went and repeated some of the jokes that people made at her expense.

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Oh, and remember how I mentioned up top that you should be careful about picking a first name based on your last name? Well this story gets even worse: because the child’s first name isn’t just Squire.

Squire Sebastian Senator is his full first name.

On the first day of school, this child will need to inform the teacher this his full name is Squire Sebastian Senator. He will have to write it all out on his homework sheets. He’ll have to fill it in on his attendance sheets and that’ll be printed at the top of his report cards. On the day of his SATs, he’ll need to fill out all of those bubbles and lament the fact that he’s run out of room while doing it.

At least he can make a quip about getting “extra points” for having such a long name.

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At first, the unborn child’s mother seems like she just doesn’t have a sense of humor. But as her post progresses, it becomes clear that the woman is a tad, well, let’s just say “touched,” which is understandable considering she’s going through a lot and thought that Squire Sebastian Senator would be a good first name.

She really lets it all go when she starts insisting that her baby’s name is going to be “revolutionary” and everyone else with mundane names are going to be left behind in the past as the boring losers they’re destined to be all because their mothers didn’t decide to give them three-part alliterative monikers.

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It came as no surprise that everyone online pretty much were in agreement with the woman’s friends and family members. People cracked jokes about other unfortunately-named children who popped up in the news recently.

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Others even pointed out that there were rules in some countries, like Germany, that prohibited parents from naming their children whatever it is they wanted, and they couldn’t give names to babies that would harm their psychological well-being in the future.

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All of this kerfuffle reminds me of a bit Louis C.K. did about kids’ names, and really makes me call into question the motives that this mother had for naming their child.

You have to admit that it’s unbelievably selfish of her to just double-down on the insanity.

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She had a bunch of friends and family members who tried to warn her that doing this was a bad idea, but instead of taking the criticism and looking at things objectively, she elected to ignore everything and use the naming of her child as a big kiss-off to all of her “haters.”

The thing is, I wish there was a way to convince her that this has more to do with her kid growing up facing needless adversity than her trying to prove a point about revolutionary naming conventions.

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My heart aches for you, Squire Sebastian Senator. If you’re reading this somewhere in the future, I just want you to know that you can go by the name Sebastian and you can legally change it once you’re old enough.

Although I’d wager there’s a magnanimous judge or two out there who’ll allow you to change your name before you’re legally considered an adult, given the extenuating circumstances. God-speed, young squire. God-speed.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/11/_bwnq4g/squire-sebastian-senator-baby-shower

7 Eye-Popping Facts About Living in Antarctica (−110°F Outside and No Peeing in the Shower)

Antarctica is often called the White Mars due to its severe conditions. In 2005, the French-Italian polar station, Concordia, was built there. The European Space Agency (ESA) conducts research there. At the same time, almost 60 people live there in isolation, extremely low temperatures, and with a lack of light and oxygen. They’ve all gone through months of preparation to work there for no less than 9-12 months. The station consists of 2 cylindrical buildings: the first one is called “quiet” and it’s the place where all the labs, living rooms, and a hospital are located. The second one is called “noisy” and has the gym, storage area, dining hall, movie theater, and a rec room.

Bright Side will tell you about Concordia and how people manage to live there.

1. The average temperature in Antarctica is −58°F. The lowest temperature is −110°F.

The temperature never rises higher than −20°F even during summer. Ordinary bacteria can’t survive there and to go outside people have to put on several layers of clothing, special shoes, puffy mitts, and glasses. All the clothes weigh just as much as a space suit.

Concordia is located at 2.050 miles above sea level which is why the air there is really thin and has a low level of oxygen. It is also so clean that it absolutely doesn’t smell of anything. After getting back to the mainland, researchers describe their shock with the overwhelming variety of smells.

2. People live in complete darkness for 4 months a year.

Antarctica doesn’t have nights and days as we know them: during winter, the sun doesn’t rise over the horizon, and people spend 4 months in complete darkness. During summer, it doesn’t go below the horizon. Due to this fact, circadian rhythms get messed up and sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep or eat something because feels like you’re eating in the middle of the night. The first rays of sunshine after darkness feel like a holiday: everyone drops what they’re doing, goes up the roof, and watches the sunrise for the first time in 4 months.

3. The nearest supermarket is 2,500 miles away.

Concordia is located farther from civilization than the ISS and it’s not that easy to get there: large loads are brought by a caravan of sleighs (it takes 10-12 days), and smaller loads and food are brought by small planes constructed for the extreme temperatures.

Despite the fact that the nearest supermarket is located 2,500 miles away, it doesn’t mean that the researchers are put on a bread and water diet: they eat meat, fish, dairy, fresh fruits, and vegetables. The members of the international team love to cook traditional dishes like frog legs or borscht. Many products are kept frozen and eggs are covered in wax.

Alexey Ekaikin, a glaciologist from Russia, shares his “day in the life” of living at the station: “Today all the residents of the station received a newsletter that Concordia has run out of milk and we’ll have to use powdered milk until we get a new load. There’s no milk in the heart of Antarctica, too bad!”

4. During winter, the station is completely isolated from the mainland.

It’s impossible to leave Concordia during winter. There’s no connection with the mainland and, if something unexpected happens, you can only count on yourself. That’s why there’s a well-equipped hospital there and a big sector of the station is packed with food. The food is also stored in storehouses near the station.

Usually, around 15 people stay there for winter. Most of the ones who stay have 2 specialties, for example, a plumber could assist in the OR and a chef could also be a firefighter.

5. Researchers try to find out how this harsh environment influences people. It’s necessary for future space flights.

The feeling of a total isolation often leads to stress and various psychological difficulties — from absent-mindedness to depression and those things are properly studied there. Scientists believe that the knowledge gathered will prepare people for long space flights, improve space engines, and help figure out how to build the first Moon and Mars stations.

All team members have special digital diaries, wear special watches that document the times they sleep and work, and track how much time people spend with each other. After the data is collected, it’s properly analyzed to see if there are any changes in people’s behavior.

In addition to that, the station workers conduct more than 20 scientific projects: seismologists, astronomers, meteorologists, climatologists, physicists, and glaciologists work there.

6. People not only work but also have fun there.

Station workers love interesting leisure time: researchers give tours of their laboratories, play basketball on the snow, and love dancing and costume parties. Sometimes the team uses video calls to answer school and college students’ questions, on Christmas they love to make a call to the president of Italy via Skype.

Many of them try to speak with foreign colleagues and practice their foreign language skills since the team there is truly international and consists of Swiss, French, Italian, English, and Russian people.

7. Peeing in the shower is banned at Concordia.

All the fresh water at Concordia is made of snow. They need a lot of fuel to melt it which is why they work hard to save water: after being used in the showers, the water is properly cleaned and delivered for reuse. This is why people can’t use their own soap and shower gel there: everyone is provided with a 3-in-1 shampoo that is compatible with the cleaning system. You also can’t pee in the shower because the system doesn’t cope with the recycling of human waste. If maintenance workers find an increased level of ammonium in the water, they make an announcement about it at a general meeting.

Here you can watch a short video tour of Concordia.

Would you dare to visit Antarctica? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-places/7-eye-popping-facts-about-living-in-antarctica-110f-outside-and-no-peeing-in-the-shower-625260/

Here's Why You Should Never Shower With Your Contact Lenses In

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As one of the 45 million estimated contact lens wearers in America, I try to follow all the rules when it comes to healthy contact lens wear and care. 

For example, I always make sure to take out my contacts before going to sleep and I rarely wear them beyond the recommended time of use. 

However, I would be lying if I said I took my contact lenses out before I shower (seriously, how am I supposed to shave my legs effectively with my 20/85 vision?) 

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That might change after a new study recently discovered that wearing contacts in the shower is not only dangerous — but can sometimes lead to blindness. 

Researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital, located in United Kingdom, reported a rise in the infection known as Acanthamoeba keratiti. This infection is caused by a bacteria called acanthamoeba, which is found in tap water. When contact lenses come in contact with water from the shower, pool, or when washing your face, the user can get infected. 

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“This increase in cases highlights the need for contact lens users to be aware of the risks,” lead author and professor John Dart said. “‘People who wear reusable contact lenses need to make sure they thoroughly wash and dry their hands before handling contact lenses, and avoid wearing them while swimming, face washing or bathing.”

He continued, “Daily disposable lenses, which eliminate the need for contact lens cases or solutions, may be safer and we are currently analyzing our data to establish the risk factors for these.”

The most severely affected are left completely blind, while others are left with just 25 percent of their eyesight. In 2016, there were 65 reported cases — up from 10 in 2013. 

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The CDC also warns contact wearers to avoid showering in their lenses, and to never wear them in a hot tub or while swimming. The organization also advises everyone never to store contacts in water — but rather in disinfecting solution or saline.

In 2016, 59-year-old paramedic Andrew Carthew lost an eye when he washed his lenses with water and was infected with Acanthmoeba Keratiti. The infection got so bad, Andrew could only lie in a dark room with sunglasses on before doctors performed surgery and were forced to remove his eye. 

So, from just washing his contact lenses in tap water, Andrew lost his eye completely. And there are plenty of more horror stories when it comes to not properly taking care of your contacts. 

On reddit, contact lens wearer shared their tales of caution with fellow short- and near-sighted users. “I didn’t clean my monthly’s properly and developed an ulcer on my cornea,” one commenter wrote. 

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Another added, “I have bad astigmatism. I wore hard contacts for 20 years. Then I got the mother of all infections. The lenses had carved circular channels into my corneas that provided a habitat for bacteria. Was never able to wear lenses again as the channels were permanent.”

And let’s not forget about how doctors discovered 27 contact lenses in one woman’s eye. Yes, 27 lenses in one eye at the same time. According to a report published in the British Medical Journal, the woman wore monthly disposal lenses for 35 years. Due to her deep-set eyes, and the fact that she had poorer vision in one eye, it is believed she was not aware she failed to remove some lenses over time.

Doctors eventually removed 17 lenses bound together by mucus, while another 10 were found by a surgeon using a microscope. The patient just thought the irritation she felt was due to dry eyes and old age. Yikes. 

So, long story short — don’t be lazy when it comes to taking care of your eyes and contact lenses. 

[h/t Grazia Daily]

Source : https://undefined/fyi/2018/09/25/Z1CKsVE/can-you-shower-with-contacts-in