Eryn's Glarin' atcha ;) ERYN MATTSON

'Quakes in Cali:

102 miles off of northern California, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake was reported at around 7:00 Thursday morning. Although officials didn't call a tsunami warning, people as far away as San Francisco could feel the distinct rumble. No damage or injuries were reported but, this wasn't the first earthquake in that area this week. There was one on Monday and another on tuesday around that same area.

Injuries in Gymnastics:

Between 1990 and 2005, an estimated 425,900 children from 6 to 17 years of age were treated for gymnastics-related injuries in U.S. emergency departments, representing an average of 4.8 injuries per 1,000 gymnasts per year. Compared to hockey's overall injury rate at 30.02 injuries per 100 players per season. Even though all gymnasts are trained to fall correctly in order to prevent injury, this doesn't stop serious injuries, like concussions and broken bones, from happening.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch:

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Marine debris is litter that ends up in oceans, seas, and other large bodies of water. The amount of debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch accumulates because much of it is not biodegradable. Many plastics, for instance, don't wear down. The plastics just break into tinier and tinier pieces.

When most think of "Garbage Patch" they think of a giant floating island of trash, but in reality, these patches are almost entirely made up of tiny bits of plastic, called microplastics. Microplastics can’t always be seen by the naked eye. The microplastics can simply make the water look like a cloudy soup.

Marine debris can be very harmful to marine life. For example, loggerhead sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellies, their favorite food. Albatrosses mistake plastic resin pellets for fish eggs and feed them to chicks, which die of starvation and even ruptured organs.

PETA's "Grab A Pussy" Campaign:

Turning such a disgusting situation, that of Trump saying he can “grab women by the pussy", into a campaign to encourage more people to adopt cats from centres that are bursting at the seams with abandoned animals, is genius – for various reasons.

Tougher Sentences for Animal Abusers:

Animal cruelty is a Crime yet it is considered as low level and not an indictable. This means the maximum sentence that can be imposed is only 6 months. Cruelty, abuse and neglect of animals is a despicable and cowardly crime. Animals are vulnerable, innocent victims who are unable to speak out.

Officer Gets Shot:

Spending a little much? Christmas addition.

The average American will spend $700 on Christmas gifts and goodies each year. That means, if you put all of that together, more than $465 billion would be spent just on Christmas.

Christmas tops off almost all holiday's with money spent. On Halloween, the cost of candy, costumes, and decorations expected to total $6.9 billion as the average American spends $74. The average American spent just $50.11 last year on a Thanksgiving meal for 10. The Fourth of July has roughly a $6.8 billion. Talk about an expensive holiday.

Still don't understand how much money that actually is? Here, let me help you put this kind of money on scale for you. If all of the money spent on Christmas money was only on US made products, it would create 4.6 million jobs. Now that's crazy!

Do Teenagers Need more sleep?

Us teens are at an important stage in our growth and development, so we need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about nine hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested. But, we do a lot of things in a day, school ends at 2:10, most kids play sports until 5:30 to 6:00, and each class has about 1 hour worth of homework. So by the time that six hours of homework is done, it's already 12:00!

But then to add onto that, we need to eat (half hour), shower (another half hour) and do any other thing that we might have to do for that day like most teenagers have a job.

Without that last paragraph of stuff, we are already only able to get six hours of sleep, as school makes it a requirement that we get to our first hour class at 7:30 sharp. It doesn't help that if we fall asleep during class, we get in buckets of trouble. How are we expected to get nine hours of sleep when we have so many things piled onto our plate that we expected to finish?

Hasn't anybody though that, maybe, school should start just a little bit later? Can't they start school just an hour later, is it really that big of a deal?


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