Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

Great bucket drumming from NYC

February 5, 2009

Drummer Larry Wright lays down some very nice grooves in the Times Square subway station.

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Beatboxing flute and cello player at Union Square subway in NYC

February 1, 2009

Very nice work.

Dancing midget Michael Jackson

August 26, 2008

I can’t believe I just typed that.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said a 1000 times: Don’t try to domesticate a rattlesnake you find in your yard

July 13, 2008

BLOOMING GROVE — A 69-year-old man was bitten Thursday by a timber rattlesnake that he was keeping as a pet, police said.
Guy Gravenson was airlifted to Jacobi Medical Center in New York City from his home in Mountain Lodge Park. Jacobi was the closest hospital with anti-venom, Blooming Grove police said. Gravenson’s status was not immediately available. Police said he was vomiting blood when they arrived at his home, an effect of the snake’s toxic venom. Gravenson kept the snake in a glass fish tank, and was bitten while handling it around 1 p.m.
A snake handler captured the snake and released it into the wild. Timber rattlesnakes are indigenous here, especially in mountainous regions. It’s illegal to kill or handle them without a state permit.
Adam Bosch

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New NYC tourism campaign: Come and catch a show, STD

June 10, 2008

Study: One-Fourth Of NYC Residents Have Herpes
Rates Of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, And Infectious Syphilis Are Also Higher Than The National Average
NEW YORK (CBS) ― Now might be the time for New Yorkers to take advantage of the free condom campaign the city promotes. A new study by the city’s Health Department found more than a quarter of adult residents are infected with the herpes virus.

According to the study, 26 percent of city residents have the virus that causes genital herpes, an incurable sexually-transmitted infection that can cause painful genital sores and can double a person’s risk for HIV.

Nationally, 19 percent of the population has the infection, according to the department.

More specifically, the study showed that the rate is higher among women than men – 36 percent compared to 19 percent – and was higher among blacks than whites – 49 percent versus 14 percent, respectfully.

It also found the rate was higher among gay men than heterosexual men – 32 percent compared to 18 percent.

“Genital herpes alone will not cause serious problems for most people,” said Dr. Julia Schillinger, Director of Surveillance for the Health Department’s Bureau of STD Prevention and Control and lead author of the study. “But some people will have painful genital sores and the infection fosters the spread of HIV. We advise New Yorkers to protect themselves and others. Using condoms consistently will help you avoid getting or spreading genital herpes.”

The data come from the city’s Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which used door-to-door interviews and in-person medical exams to assess the health of New Yorkers on a variety of measures, from diabetes to depression, according to the department.

The study was the city’s first measurement of those infected with the virus. Herpes is not the only STD above the national rate in New York City. Rates of Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and infectious syphilis were also higher than the national rate.

Free NYC condoms are available at locations throughout the city. Call 311 or visit http://www.nyc.gov/condoms for more information.

Put on a full-body condom before reading this.

“Drank”-the anti-energy drink

June 9, 2008

“The anti-energy drink we’re calling the extreme relaxation beverage.”

Turns out, this is a carbonated, grape-flavored beverage spiked with melatonin, valerian root and rose hips. Apparently it is “very, very popular in Houston,” and it’s sold throughout the south in liquor and convenience stores.

What, you might wonder, was the creator thinking? I’m glad you asked. He was thinking of the hip hop community. Direct from the press release:

From design to production, every aspect of this calming drink was inspired by today’s popular hip hop artists who embrace the much sought-after hip hop lifestyle that encourages people to capture a stress-free state of mind.

The drink’s tagline is “slow your roll.” So if that’s something you need to do, keep your eye out. Drank will be hitting stores in New York soon.

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