PSA - PLEASE READ AND SPREAD HE WORD!!!
IF YOU SEE THIS PLANT AT ALL, DO NOT TOUCH IT!!!
Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive herb in the carrot family which was originally brought to North America from Asia and has since become established in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest regions of the United States. Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides, and a giant hogweed plant can reach 14 feet or more in height with compound leaves up to 5 feet in width.Giant Hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as Furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the skin and are exposed to sunlight, they cause a condition called Phytophotodermatitis, a reddening of the skin often followed by severe blistering and burns. These injuries can last for several months, and even after they have subsided the affected areas of skin can remain sensitive to light for years. Furanocoumarins are also carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects. The sap can also cause temporary (or even permanent) blindness if introduced into the eyes.
If someone comes into physical contact with Giant Hogweed, the following steps should be taken:
If a reaction occurs, the early application of topical steroids may lessen the severity of the reaction and ease the discomfort. The affected area of skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for a few years, so applying sun block and keeping the affected area shielded from the sun whenever possible are sensible precautions
- Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and COLD water as soon as possible.
- Keep the exposed area away from sunlight for 48 hours.
- If Hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.
- See a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.PLEASE, DO NOT JUST READ AND SCROLL! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING INFORMATION!!!
Extra note: if you live in Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan or New York and see one of these, call your state’s department of agriculture to report it, and trained professionals will come kill it before it can produce seeds and spread.
Frankly, if you see one in general, probably call your DOA and see if there’s a program in place.
Do not burn it, because the smoke will give you the same reaction.
If for some ungodly reason there isn’t a professional who can handle it for you (and please, please use a professional), the DOA of New York has [this guide] for how to deal with it yourself.
OH MY FUCK I HAVE THESE IN MY BACKYARD.
This is some absolutely deadly serious business.
Do not fuck with Giant Hogweed.
There are programs in NY state to assassinate these buggers, because they cause so much trouble. The DEC takes it VERY seriously. http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/39809.html
I actually had an update to my mandated 40-hour safety training to address this threat. The pictures they showed us of people who came in contact with it were pretty fucking scary.
This is glorious and even thought it doesn’t fit in the range of all the paranormal, creepy and science I usually post, I MUST share
It works like this: You tell Kitestring that you’re in a dangerous place or situation, and give it a time frame of when to check in on you. If you don’t reply back when it checks your status, it’ll alert your emergency contacts with a custom message you set up.
It doesn’t require you to touch anything (like bSafe) or shake your phone (like Nirbhaya) to send the distress signal. Kitestring is smarter, because it doesn’t need an action to alert people, it needs inaction.
If anyone knows of any summer drama programs in the UK or Ireland, can you let me know in my ask box or this post? I’ve found a few but they’re very expensive and not what I’m looking for. I know that it’s a reach but I want to see if there are any out there for me. Also, I’m American. They have to have housing included.
If anyone knows, let me know.
SIGNAL BOOST. Keep reblogging. This could save my life.
I have had Chronic Lyme Disease for 10 years now and I’m only 21. It’s a truly debilitating disease and I’ve been going through hell for 10 years. I’m only getting worse and basically slowly dying.
I found this treatment center that specializes in Chronic Lyme only 30 minutes from me. The catch is, its a crap load of money. Of course, right? :P
If the peoples of the internet unite and all donate a dollar, I can easily raise the 34,500 I need to go and get healthy!
I do not even have a memory of what it is like to be healthy because I was infected at such a young age. Please help me so I can understand what it feels like to be normal. So I can go on to live an actual life. The suffering is immense and I cannot do this much longer.
So please, share this and if you can donate a dollar!
If you want to send something, send it to P.O box 3181 Pinellas Park, Fl 33780. For checks make it out to Sarah Garrabrants Life Saving Fund.
MAJOR UPDATE GUYS: An anonymous donor gave me a challenge grant of 5,000 dollars! This means if everyone can ban together and raise 5k by September 20th, then the donor will give 5,000 dollars. So that would mean a total of 10,000 dollars being raised!!UPDATE: we need 1,034 more dollars and then an anonymous donor will donate 5,000!!! Please share!!UPDATE: we need 1,000 more dollars and then an anonymous donor will donate 5,000!!! Please share!!
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hey guys, i’ve lost my stuffed animal :( i think he may have fallen out of my backpack on my way to the bus stop. the thing is i got a bit lost beforehand so he could even be a few blocks away near howell or 8th. the next time i go up to seattle will be tuesday and i can’t stand waiting until then. if any seattle tumblr users could keep an eye out for him and pass this along i would be super grateful!
if you do find lammy please contact me via askbox right away. if i don’t respond within a few hours assume tumblr has eaten the message and try again. if all else fails send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
thank you everyone, i’ll be looking for him on bus 592 as well ;;
oh my gOD PLEASE HELP
Any soldier with a dog probably looks forward to his or her own reunion. Sadly, Brandon Harker came home from Afghanistan only to find that his dog, Oakley, who had been entrusted in the care of Harkers friend, had been given away while Harker was deployed.
Harker says when he returned earlier this month, his “friend” told him he’d gotten rid of Oakley, and doesn’t know who has the dog now. Oakley was either sold or given away in Lakewood, Wash, apparently during May, but it could have happened anytime from February till June, and
numerous people have contacted Harker saying they saw Oakley for sale on craiglist back in Feburary.
Oakley is a 2-year-old yellow Lab, with a distinct coat that features unusual spots. He is described as good with kids and other dogs. He has a unique coat, on his face he has spots of a darker yellow (champagne) he also has spots of the same color going down his sides and legs. He is micro-chipped and registered to Harker.
If anyone has any information on Oakley, contact Harker via his craigstlist ad, or reblog this post to help signal boost.