Eupedia Forums
Site NavigationEupedia Top > Eupedia Forum & Japan Forum
Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Reasons Why Not To Go To The Beach This Summer. (awesome gifs)

  1. #1
    Advisor Achievements:
    Three FriendsVeteranTagger First Class50000 Experience PointsRecommendation First Class
    Awards:
    Discussion Ender
    LeBrok's Avatar
    Join Date
    18-11-09
    Location
    Calgary
    Posts
    10,331
    Points
    113,888
    Level
    100
    Points: 113,888, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%

    Y-DNA haplogroup
    R1b Z2109
    MtDNA haplogroup
    H1c

    Ethnic group
    Citizen of the world
    Country: Canada-Alberta



    1 members found this post helpful.

    Reasons Why Not To Go To The Beach This Summer. (awesome gifs)



    Courtesy of Discover Magazine.

    1. The Sand.


    via gifrific.com
    Turns out it’s really hard to breathe through sand. Problem is, people like to dig tunnels and holes and play around in all this beach sand that doesn’t like to do what it’s told. Between 1985 and 2007, there were 31 sand hole deaths in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Fatal shark attacks? Less than 30—making the sand at the beach statistically more dangerous than the sharks in the water.
    2. The Sun.

    via thedailytouch.com
    Soaking up those rays is truly killer: more than 600 people die every year from overexposure to natural heat, says the CDC.
    3. No really, THE DAMNED SUN.

    via bli.uci.edu
    More than 50,000 people die every year from melanoma. Sure, you might not notice it that one day at the beach, but all that fun in the sun can have serious consequences.
    4. You probably don’t want to get in the water.

    More than 400,000 drowning deaths worldwide annually according to the World Health Organization. According to the CDC, somewhere between 400 and 500 drowning occur in US waters annually during non-boating activities like snorkeling and swimming (and that’s just the ones not in pools—that statistic is much higher!).
    5. Especially around rip currents.

    via onr.navy.mil
    The US Lifesaving Association estimates that rip currents alone are responsible for more than 100 deaths a year.
    6. Don’t get on the water, either.

    via ebaumsworld.com
    You’re not safe above the waves—The US Coast Guard has found that between 500 and 1000 boating fatalities occur every year in US waters.
    7. Not even on a Jet Ski.

    via 4gifs.com
    Personal water crafts, like jet skis, cause 30-50 deaths in the US alone every year according to the US Coast Guard. Besides, you never look as cool as you think you do on them.
    8. I would avoid the food (even if it came from the same beach)

    via 4.bp.blogspot.com
    Food-borne illnesses kill thousands of Americans every year, and though exact numbers are hard to track down because of low reporting rate and misdiagnoses, according to the World Health Organization, hundreds may die annually from Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning alone, and then there’s ciguatoxin, scombrotoxin, and the other fish and shellfish-related toxins just waiting to do you in.
    9. You know that old saying “you’re more likely to be struck by lightning”?

    via wifflegif.com
    Well, yeah, you are. Around 70 people are killed annually by lightning in the United States according to NOAA. The National Ocean Service says to keep in mind that there is no safe place outside during storms!
    10. You’re also more likely to be killed by a tsunami

    via gifsoup.com
    Sure, they might be less frequent than storms. But since 1946, tsunamis have killed more than 350 people in the US alone, and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami wiped out hundreds of thousands of lives in a single day.
    11. Avoid the beach bar.

    Did you know that, according to the CDC, there are approximately 88,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States? 88,000 people killed because of alcohol, while less than one dies from a shark bite. Makes that fruity cocktail look a whole lot less refreshing, doesn’t it?
    12. Just GETTING to the beach is dangerous.

    via gifbin.com
    Between 2000 and 2009, more than 43,000 people in the United States died each year in transportation-related incidents. Globally, more than 810,000 people die from road traffic injuries every year, making it the fourth highest cause of death.
    13. Besides, beaches are disgusting.

    via gifsoup.com
    It’s not uncommon for beaches to be closed because of E. coli contamination, most often because of sewage runoff. E. coli infections kill somewhere between 50 and 100 people in the US every year, according to CDC research.
    14. Really, really, really disgusting.

    According to the NRDC, lots of beaches pose serious health risks because of pollution. We’re not talking a little gulp of diarrhea-inducing E. coli. We’re talking exposure to hepatitis, cholera and typhoid fever—diseases responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year.
    15. Yes, even the clean-looking ones.

    via functional-genomics.de
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, makes E. coli seem nice—and it’s all over our beaches, even when they pass water quality tests. Around 10,000 people die every year from the deadly superbug MRSA in the US alone by the CDC’s count, and it’s been detected in beaches in Florida, Washington and California (basically, everywhere that anyone has looked).
    16. Animals scarier than sharks at a beach? For one, jellyfish.

    via madjellyfiles.wordpress.com
    Oh, those needle-looking things? Those would be jellyfish nematocysts firing. Each one is laced with painful venom. Sharks only kill a handful of people every year—jellyfish, on the other hand, kill around 100, according to some scientific estimates.
    17. Oh, and BEES.

    via giphy.com
    Yeah, bees and their relatives are awful. Somewhere upwards of 100 people die of stings die in the US from stinging insects every year, according to the CDC, half of which are by bees alone.
    18. And then are these little buggers:

    via gifsoup.com
    Mosquitos are arguably the most deadly animal on the planet, responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide every year. And yes, they are on the beach, too.

    19. And, of course, there’s the most dangerous animal you’ll ever encounter at a beach:

    Yeah, that’s right. People kill more than 460,000 other people globally every year. And then there’s all the deaths from the communicable diseases those other people could be carrying, like HIV (2,279,000 deaths/yr), tuberculosis (1,531,000 deaths/yr), and the flu (up to 500,000 deaths/yr).
    But perhaps the person you should be most afraid of is you. Suicides account for more than 870,000 deaths every year, and are consistently in the top ten causes of death worldwide. So, too, are heart disease (7,157,000 deaths/yr), strokes (5,472,000 deaths/yr), and diabetes (754,000), making your life choices the #1 leading cause of death.


    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/2014/06/24/19-real-reasons-go-beach-summer/
    Be wary of people who tend to glorify the past, underestimate the present, and demonize the future.

  2. #2
    Regular Member Achievements:
    1 year registered50000 Experience Points
    Aberdeen's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-11-13
    Posts
    1,838
    Points
    52,092
    Level
    70
    Points: 52,092, Level: 70
    Level completed: 68%, Points required for next Level: 458
    Overall activity: 0%

    Y-DNA haplogroup
    I1
    MtDNA haplogroup
    H4

    Ethnic group
    Scottish, English and German
    Country: Canada-Ontario



    I think you worry too much, LeBrok. Just go to the beach on Canada Day and try to relax and have a good time. After all, you don't have long before global warming makes the whole planet uninhabitable.

  3. #3
    Advisor Achievements:
    VeteranThree Friends50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    Awards:
    Posting Award
    Angela's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-01-11
    Posts
    15,862
    Points
    311,147
    Level
    100
    Points: 311,147, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 99.6%


    Ethnic group
    Italian
    Country: USA - New York



    2 members found this post helpful.
    HA! You have all these problems because you want to have a "natural" beach experience. I tried that in the British Virgin Islands; I wound up with impetigo from sand flea bites because they don't spray the damn beach, and sun poisoning because there are no umbrellas, and had to take steroids and massive antibiotics. No, thank you!

    You have to try the Italian beach experience. Now, granted, most people around you will still be slathering on baby oil or Nivea and then broiling for hours according to a rigorous schedule of precise turns, and, if you're a woman, strategic placement of bathing suit tops (so much easier if you just take the damn thing off like the northern Europeans) so that you turn out the absolutely darkest and evenest brown possible, but you can abstain. You can instead opt to stay underneath your "tenda":


    If you work for a hedge fund outfit, you can even get this:


    Even the relatively more reasonable bagnos give you your sunbed, a tenda or cover, walkways to your bed, changing facilities, showers with fluffy white towels, complimentary toilettries, and hair dryers, a restaurant, a snack bar, game rooms with music for the young people, a playground for the little ones, often a salt water pool, sometimes even drink service to your letto.



    You can spend hours there without even putting a toe in the water or walking more than a few feet on the sand should you choose. I know women whom I've never seen with wet hair at the beach, or mussed up eye-make up for that matter. (The expensive hair cut and painstaking hair styling and make-up is also combined with the smallest possible bathing suits, whether it's a sixteen year old girl or a sixty-six year old grandmother, so be warned! Thankfully, the teeny, tiny, men's suits are becoming less frequent. )

    Seriously, this is a part of Italian culture which most foreigners hate. Maybe you have to be raised with it. It's true that it's too expensive, and I agree there should be more free beaches, but I do love the bagni, and especially with children. It's just so civilized. I'm sorry, I don't want to offend, but I did so hate American days at the beach with my children when they were little: packing up coolers and towels and sand toys, and the sun screen and insect repellent, then lugging it all out to the shore; sand in the bathing suits and every nook and cranny of their bodies, and sticking to everybody's salt-crusted, sunburnt, sun-screen smeared, and insect repellent sprayed skin; then packing everything up and lugging it back to the car; and then driving home for an hour while stuck to the seats! YUCK! (And have I mentioned how the nearest bathroom facility always seems to be a mile away? And that some kids think every shadow in the water is Jaws and start screeching? And God forbid a sting ray should appear. There's mass hysteria, and I'm talking about the adults! ) Then, on the way home, over tired and cranky, one of them would have an accident, or an upset stomach, or they'd fight, and somebody was guaranteed to have a meltdown in the car. Sometimes, it was me!


    Non si fa il proprio dovere perchè qualcuno ci dica grazie, lo si fa per principio, per se stessi, per la propria dignità. Oriana Fallaci

  4. #4
    Regular Member Achievements:
    1 year registered50000 Experience Points
    Aberdeen's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-11-13
    Posts
    1,838
    Points
    52,092
    Level
    70
    Points: 52,092, Level: 70
    Level completed: 68%, Points required for next Level: 458
    Overall activity: 0%

    Y-DNA haplogroup
    I1
    MtDNA haplogroup
    H4

    Ethnic group
    Scottish, English and German
    Country: Canada-Ontario



    LOL, Angela. I'm assuming you wouldn't be a big fan of Canadian style wilderness camping, where you need to keep your bear spray close to hand when portaging around rapids.

  5. #5
    Advisor Achievements:
    Three FriendsVeteranTagger First Class50000 Experience PointsRecommendation First Class
    Awards:
    Discussion Ender
    LeBrok's Avatar
    Join Date
    18-11-09
    Location
    Calgary
    Posts
    10,331
    Points
    113,888
    Level
    100
    Points: 113,888, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%

    Y-DNA haplogroup
    R1b Z2109
    MtDNA haplogroup
    H1c

    Ethnic group
    Citizen of the world
    Country: Canada-Alberta



    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    HA! You have all these problems because you want to have a "natural" beach experience. I tried that in the British Virgin Islands; I wound up with impetigo from sand flea bites because they don't spray the damn beach, and sun poisoning because there are no umbrellas, and had to take steroids and massive antibiotics. No, thank you!

    You have to try the Italian beach experience. Now, granted, most people around you will still be slathering on baby oil or Nivea and then broiling for hours according to a rigorous schedule of precise turns, and, if you're a woman, strategic placement of bathing suit tops (so much easier if you just take the damn thing off like the northern Europeans) so that you turn out the absolutely darkest and evenest brown possible, but you can abstain. You can instead opt to stay underneath your "tenda":


    If you work for a hedge fund outfit, you can even get this:


    Even the relatively more reasonable bagnos give you your sunbed, a tenda or cover, walkways to your bed, changing facilities, showers with fluffy white towels, complimentary toilettries, and hair dryers, a restaurant, a snack bar, game rooms with music for the young people, a playground for the little ones, often a salt water pool, sometimes even drink service to your letto.



    You can spend hours there without even putting a toe in the water or walking more than a few feet on the sand should you choose. I know women whom I've never seen with wet hair at the beach, or mussed up eye-make up for that matter. (The expensive hair cut and painstaking hair styling and make-up is also combined with the smallest possible bathing suits, whether it's a sixteen year old girl or a sixty-six year old grandmother, so be warned! Thankfully, the teeny, tiny, men's suits are becoming less frequent. )

    Seriously, this is a part of Italian culture which most foreigners hate. Maybe you have to be raised with it. It's true that it's too expensive, and I agree there should be more free beaches, but I do love the bagni, and especially with children. It's just so civilized. I'm sorry, I don't want to offend, but I did so hate American days at the beach with my children when they were little: packing up coolers and towels and sand toys, and the sun screen and insect repellent, then lugging it all out to the shore; sand in the bathing suits and every nook and cranny of their bodies, and sticking to everybody's salt-crusted, sunburnt, sun-screen smeared, and insect repellent sprayed skin; then packing everything up and lugging it back to the car; and then driving home for an hour while stuck to the seats! YUCK! (And have I mentioned how the nearest bathroom facility always seems to be a mile away? And that some kids think every shadow in the water is Jaws and start screeching? And God forbid a sting ray should appear. There's mass hysteria, and I'm talking about the adults! ) Then, on the way home, over tired and cranky, one of them would have an accident, or an upset stomach, or they'd fight, and somebody was guaranteed to have a meltdown in the car. Sometimes, it was me!
    Lol, that's hilarious Angela, worthy of magazine article.

  6. #6
    Advisor Achievements:
    VeteranThree Friends50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    Awards:
    Posting Award
    Angela's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-01-11
    Posts
    15,862
    Points
    311,147
    Level
    100
    Points: 311,147, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 99.6%


    Ethnic group
    Italian
    Country: USA - New York



    Quote Originally Posted by Aberdeen View Post
    LOL, Angela. I'm assuming you wouldn't be a big fan of Canadian style wilderness camping, where you need to keep your bear spray close to hand when portaging around rapids.

    You do me wrong. I'm not totally a hot house flower. I've camped in New England, and upstate New York, despite the ubiquitous flies, and around the greater Lake Tahoe and Lake Meade areas, and done some rafting in Colorado as well, but at cooler times of the year, suitably clothed to protect myself from bugs, (and with strong he-men to protect me from predators), and minus young children. In return for a light pack, I do all the cooking; espresso from my trusty old Motta, trout grilled with garlic, olive oil and parsley and, wild rabbit or quail cacciatore if the hunters are lucky, are my specialties.

    I also do quite a bit of hiking in Italy, although my schedule in the Cinque Terre, for example, runs something like this:
    up very, very, early so it's cool, grab a cappuccino and a slice of focaccia with something tasty in town, and then hike up into hills; back down to town for a latesh, light lunch, perhaps a little siesta; then around three go to the "beach", for a refreshing swim and a short stint along the rock strewn shore (with sunscreen and hat); shower, primp, a passeggiata or stroll along the harbor, a lovely dinner with wine, and then some more strolling around listening to music and taking a turn or two along the dance floor. Maybe a slightly hot house flower?

    However, I will never go camping or even hiking anywhere remotely tropical, like Costa Rica. Even African safaris are totally out! I'm genetically unsuited to unadulturated heat and humidity, and especially to BUGS! Whatever scent or hormone attracts them, I must emit it by the bucket load. They make an absolute meal of me. No matter what shots I get, I'd be sure to come down with some tropical disease or fungus or whatever. Just like those old time European explorers of the Amazon or Africa or wherever who dropped like flies. You know, "Day 12, lost poor Henley today to a fever". I would have been Henley! I'll pass, thank-you very much.

  7. #7
    Regular Member Achievements:
    1 year registered50000 Experience Points
    Aberdeen's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-11-13
    Posts
    1,838
    Points
    52,092
    Level
    70
    Points: 52,092, Level: 70
    Level completed: 68%, Points required for next Level: 458
    Overall activity: 0%

    Y-DNA haplogroup
    I1
    MtDNA haplogroup
    H4

    Ethnic group
    Scottish, English and German
    Country: Canada-Ontario



    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    You do me wrong. I'm not totally a hot house flower. I've camped in New England, and upstate New York, despite the ubiquitous flies, and around the greater Lake Tahoe and Lake Meade areas, and done some rafting in Colorado as well, but at cooler times of the year, suitably clothed to protect myself from bugs, (and with strong he-men to protect me from predators), and minus young children. In return for a light pack, I do all the cooking; espresso from my trusty old Motta, trout grilled with garlic, olive oil and parsley and, wild rabbit or quail cacciatore if the hunters are lucky, are my specialties.

    I also do quite a bit of hiking in Italy, although my schedule in the Cinque Terre, for example, runs something like this:
    up very, very, early so it's cool, grab a cappuccino and a slice of focaccia with something tasty in town, and then hike up into hills; back down to town for a latesh, light lunch, perhaps a little siesta; then around three go to the "beach", for a refreshing swim and a short stint along the rock strewn shore (with sunscreen and hat); shower, primp, a passeggiata or stroll along the harbor, a lovely dinner with wine, and then some more strolling around listening to music and taking a turn or two along the dance floor. Maybe a slightly hot house flower?

    However, I will never go camping or even hiking anywhere remotely tropical, like Costa Rica. Even African safaris are totally out! I'm genetically unsuited to unadulturated heat and humidity, and especially to BUGS! Whatever scent or hormone attracts them, I must emit it by the bucket load. They make an absolute meal of me. No matter what shots I get, I'd be sure to come down with some tropical disease or fungus or whatever. Just like those old time European explorers of the Amazon or Africa or wherever who dropped like flies. You know, "Day 12, lost poor Henley today to a fever". I would have been Henley! I'll pass, thank-you very much.

    Too funny! You should be writing humorous travelogues - "A Summer in Liguria" or something like that.

  8. #8
    Advisor Achievements:
    Three FriendsVeteranTagger First Class50000 Experience PointsRecommendation First Class
    Awards:
    Discussion Ender
    LeBrok's Avatar
    Join Date
    18-11-09
    Location
    Calgary
    Posts
    10,331
    Points
    113,888
    Level
    100
    Points: 113,888, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%

    Y-DNA haplogroup
    R1b Z2109
    MtDNA haplogroup
    H1c

    Ethnic group
    Citizen of the world
    Country: Canada-Alberta



    Quote Originally Posted by Aberdeen View Post
    I think you worry too much, LeBrok.
    I only posted it for the funny gif movies.

    After all, you don't have long before global warming makes the whole planet uninhabitable.
    What do you mean? Check the Paleozoic and Mesozoic periods when earth was much warmer. It was much greener than today with plants and animals thriving in Arctic and Antarctic zones too.

  9. #9
    Curious Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    11-08-12
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    2,262
    Points
    15,835
    Level
    38
    Points: 15,835, Level: 38
    Level completed: 24%, Points required for next Level: 615
    Overall activity: 11.0%

    Y-DNA haplogroup
    Not known - O3?
    MtDNA haplogroup
    Not known - M?

    Ethnic group
    Chinese
    Country: Canada-British Columbia



    I think the 'sand' gif was a set-up stunt. One can see the color of the sand is different where his head landed and sank to the rest of the more whitish sand. The angle doesn't show the condition of the "landing strip". It is funny though at first sight.

  10. #10
    Regular Member Achievements:
    1 year registered50000 Experience Points
    Aberdeen's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-11-13
    Posts
    1,838
    Points
    52,092
    Level
    70
    Points: 52,092, Level: 70
    Level completed: 68%, Points required for next Level: 458
    Overall activity: 0%

    Y-DNA haplogroup
    I1
    MtDNA haplogroup
    H4

    Ethnic group
    Scottish, English and German
    Country: Canada-Ontario



    Quote Originally Posted by LeBrok View Post
    I only posted it for the funny gif movies.

    What do you mean? Check the Paleozoic and Mesozoic periods when earth was much warmer. It was much greener than today with plants and animals thriving in Arctic and Antarctic zones too.
    Yes, LeBrok, the gif movies were funny. Good post. But I couldn't resist echoing back what you said to me about global warming in another thread - just my perverse sense of humour.

    Maybe the reason modern humans weren't negatively impacted by climate change during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic periods is because there weren't any modern humans yet - just a thought.

  11. #11
    Elite member Achievements:
    Created Album picturesTagger Second ClassThree Friends5000 Experience PointsVeteran
    hope's Avatar
    Join Date
    19-02-12
    Posts
    721
    Points
    8,119
    Level
    26
    Points: 8,119, Level: 26
    Level completed: 95%, Points required for next Level: 31
    Overall activity: 0%


    Country: UK - Northern Ireland



    Nice thread LeBrok, great info {so I`m now clued up}..and the gifs are perfect!
    No. 4.. Actually happened to my father {long time back}. only he fell forward instead of back..poor man lost his dentures due to it and had to spend last three days of holidays in hotel room.
    No.6.. Never had it happen but many times crossing from here to Scotland, it almost felt this was happening!
    Unfortunately last mini break I had was Nice and there wasn`t any sand to worry about..just lots and lots of stones.
    Last edited by hope; 05-07-14 at 17:52.

  12. #12
    Flagmaker of Haplogroups Achievements:
    Three Friends1000 Experience Points1 year registered
    MtDNA's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-08-14
    Posts
    106
    Points
    2,034
    Level
    12
    Points: 2,034, Level: 12
    Level completed: 62%, Points required for next Level: 116
    Overall activity: 11.0%

    MtDNA haplogroup
    U2e1

    Ethnic group
    Persian
    Country: Canada



    You forgot about those real-life Johnny Bravos at the beach, except in real life, some are violent and will climb into your hotel room, and send you to your eternal fate if they get angry at you for refusing their requests.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •