5 Things You Should Know – Part 414

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. If you randomly see a dryer sheet in the back of your mailbox, your mail carrier puts it there for a reason.

It could save your carrier from being stung.

An experience shared: “We’re almost to the month of May which means nice weather, hanging out outside, school closing for the summer, and the return of those dastardly devils: Yellowjackets and Wasps.

I’m sure you’ve noticed. But just in case you haven’t, this time of the year wasps and Yellowjackets (especially Yellowjackets) like to make nests inside of mailboxes. In a lot of places this time of the year, it’s just beginning to warm up outside, but it’s still fairly cold at night. So mailboxes provide nice, easy shelter for them.

I can’t tell you how many times, especially during this part of the year, where I’ve opened up a box to see a little nest with 3-5 Yellowjackets just chilling. If I’m really unlucky, they will have made their nest at the very back of the box so I wind up sticking my hand in not knowing they are there. We all know how temperamental these little douchebags are and merely existing in their presence is enough to piss them off. Last year alone I was stung 10 times on 10 separate occasions.

Getting to my point. We’ve found that they hate scented dryer sheets. If we encounter a box that is a problem for nests, we’ll often put one in there and it does the trick.

So please, if you one day randomly see a dryer sheet at the back of your mailbox, just know that your carrier more than likely put it there to deter these Satanic creatures from building their home in it.”

2. If you get asked whether you plan on having kids during a job interview, you can just say No. Since the question is illegal in most places, nothing will happen if you do end up having kids.

An experience shared: “A German law professor once told me women can lie and say no to that question since it is illegal. Because if you refuse to answer you kinda tip them off that that is a sensitive topic and you are possibly thinking about it.

So just say no, what are they gonna do? If get hired and end up having kids, you clearly can’t be legally held responsible for lying (haha imagine that), you get maternity leave and benefits (in most countries), and in terms of the relationship with your boss, you just say A miracle baby! An accident! You changed your mind!

Asking questions about family planning is illegal during job interviews. Women get asked about this a lot, leading to discriminatory hiring practices. Since answering this question can be tricky, just saying “no, I don’t want kids in the near future /ever / I am focusing on my career right now/ I can’t have children” is the optimal solution.”

3. Google maps will no longer always show you the fastest route to your destination by default.

It’s a pain having to remember to check and select the faster route. Google maps is starting to default to displaying the route with the lightest emissions rather than the shortest travel time. Apparently, it’s only when the ETA for both routes is similar, but nearly 10 minutes is significant for my morning commute.

4. Never kiss a baby or child’s ear. It can cause damage and hearing loss.

“An innocent kiss right on the ear opening creates a strong suction that tugs on the delicate eardrum, resulting in a recently recognized condition known as “cochlear ear-kiss injury.” Babies and small children are particularly vulnerable to hearing damage via a kiss, simply because their ear canals are smaller.”

To clarify, even a firmly planted kiss without physically “sucking” can cause this. It’s similar to how plungers work.

Source: https://hearinglosshelp.com/blog/kiss-of-deaf-or-reiters-ear-kiss-syndrome-reks/

5. If you are taking care of a loved one who is chronically ill or disabled there are programs that will pay you to become an unskilled caregiver.

You shouldn’t have to choose between making a living and taking care of your loved one. You don’t need credentials or any type of certification to become an unskilled caregiver.

So if you find yourself in such a situation, just know that there are programs that will enable you to take care of your loved ones when they need you most without the possibility of becoming homeless in the process.

Check the program conditions in your state.

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