Experienced whitewater kayakers who have never boated the Upper or Lower Gauley have a golden opportunity this fall to take their maiden voyage down the legendary river with top pro paddlers. On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22, winners of the "Am I Ready For the Gauley Yet" drawing will meet in the park across the street from the put-in road to the Summerville Dam. Pairs of pro paddlers will guide groups of up to four paddlers down the river during the annual Gauley Fest.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Crocs coming to a hanger near you

Crocs, the company that brought us those famous foamy shoes has started to branch out into clothing. They have developed a way to blend it's patented Crosslite (the foamy shoe material) with natural and synthetic fibers into material. According to Crocs, the new fibers, which is it is calling Crosslite rt, will be resistant to harsh chemicals and heat which means it can stand up to exposure to sun, UV rays and sweat. They also claim that the material won't have the rubbery feeling like the crocs. Don't worry everybody, you will soon be able match your shoes to your shirt so everything will be all right. [Daily Mail, Gizmodo]
Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Hippo crushes canoe in Zambia

Hippopotamus According to Zambia News and Information Services, three fisherman drowned in Lake Itezhi-tezhi after a hippo hit their boat and capsized it. Four men were fishing with nets at the time when the furious hippo hit the boat causing them to fall into the water. All four climbed back into the boat and resumed fishing again when the hippo attacked again, this time crushing the dug out canoe. This time the menu tried to swim to a nearby tree in the lake but only one made it and was rescued by other fishermen. Source:
Wednesday, 29 August 2007

The psychology of risk-taking

Boing Boing posted a really interesting post about the psychology of risk-taking. A new survey by researchers at University of Michigan suggest that just because somebody will take part in risky behaviour, doesn't mean that they will be risk takers in other areas of life. The researchers surveyed participants to see their participation level for several different types of risky business including exposing yourself to chemicals that might lead to birth defects for a high-paying job, engaging in unprotected sex or chasing a bear out of your wilderness campsite area while banging pots and pans. They found that somebody might go skydiving (which is risky) but not stand up to an abusive boss (also risky). The research shows that not all risk is created equal and people show a mixture of both risky and non-risky behaviours in their daily lives. The research seems to go against common theories of risk that group people as either risk-seeking or risk-avoiding, and suggests that we can have a mix of both risky and non-risky behaviour depending who you are and what situation you are in. They also found (to no surprise) that men were higher risk takers then woman. Press Release Research Paper (pdf)

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