Issue 1016 • December 11, 2018
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Bring in da funk, bring in da noise…
By Mike Sokol
If you don’t like the idea of wearing headphones to get some sleep in a noisy campground, there’s a simpler alternative: white noise. So what the heck is it, and what does it do? Well, if you remember old-time radio tuners without a mute function, when you tuned between stations you would hear a kind of whooshing hiss. You could get the same thing on old analog television sets when you turned to a channel that was empty. The beauty of this random “white” noise is that it tends to mask other noises so you don’t notice them, and a constant noise kicks in a chemical process in the brain that tends to relax us. It’s a two-fer deal that can help you sleep even if there are jackhammers going on outside. In case you’re interested, I teach this in my day job as an adjunct professor of sound production. There’s also pink noise, violet noise and brown noise – but that’s beyond the scope of this course.
Never use oil-based or abrasive cleaners on awning fabrics. Clean and thoroughly rinse both sides of the awning fabric. Carefully follow all awning and cleaner manufacturer directions for the type of fabric you have. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
Well, now you know!
French entertainer Michel Lotito (1950-2007), also known as Monsieur Mangetout (“Mr. Eat-All”), ate an entire airplane (yes, you read that right), 15 bicycles, several shopping carts, televisions, and plenty of other glass, metal and rubber objects over his 57-year lifespan. He would disassemble all these bizarre “entrees,” cut them into tiny pieces, eat them, and wash everything down with mineral oil and water. It’s said he ate nearly 2.5 lbs. of this stuff every day. He was awarded a brass plaque by the Guinness Book of World Records but, yup, he ate that too. He suffered from an eating disorder known as pica. Read the Wikipedia page about this metal-moshing (er, noshing) man here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Great RV office remodel
A couple with a 2005 Allegro approached the folks at Truline Custom RV about a serious remodel project they needed. From the simple “take out the old vacuum tube screen TV and replace it with a flat panel,” to a complete flooring revamp, they got it done. Along the way, the remodelers also created a new dining room mod. You can eat here, true enough, but when the work needs to be done, the “dining table” slides open to reveal a storage space for the business laptops, which can be pulled out and put to work. The table slides all along the base cabinetry, allowing the dining/workroom to be configured as needed. Let your imagination (or theirs) run wild, and it can probably be done.
Driving in the fog?
High beams don’t do a darn thing when traveling in fog. I usually try to find a safe place to park and call it a night. RV’s are too big to be driving around blindly.
–From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Take the lengthy quiz and see how many National Parks you can identify from just one photo. Challenge the spouse, or impress yourself and see how many you get right!
A colander from outer space? You heard it here first…
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