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5 Things You Should Know – Part 287

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. Turning off WiFi/Data before you load a phone game will prevent any advertisements from loading, letting you play without having ads appear every 10 seconds.

You should know that you can get rid of those annoying game ads that seem to appear every 10 seconds on mobile apps. Many free games are fun, but the ads are ruthless. Forced 15 – 30-second ads, popups between restarts, etc… Sometimes you just want to be able to enjoy the game, and if you plan on sitting down for a while and playing, make sure to turn off WiFi & data.

2. How to help someone in a panic attack.

panic attack is a moment when a person is at their most vulnerable. They can be frozen in place or frantically fleeing. They will be out of breath, trembling, sweating, experiencing high anxiety. Symptoms can vary between persons.

To make sure that people who face a panic attack are helped by people that know what to do, a couple of tips:

You don’t have to do all of these steps. Some will not apply and some will not be needed. Keep away from a person when it seems that your attempt to help is not helpful!

  1. Help them to get back their breath. Sit down next to them and breathe with them (instead of telling them to breathe slowly). Also, hold their hand if they seem OK with that, and tell them “you’re OK, I’m here, I’m helping” over and over again.

  2. Ask simple questions to get information. “Are you in a panic attack?” is a nice one to make sure that it’s not physical danger. If they don’t respond, don’t keep asking. That doesn’t help.

  3. Not everyone is comfortable with touch, so I’d advise staying away or at least asking if they are OK with being touched.

  4. It is important not to overwhelm the person. Sometimes it’s best to be quiet and reduce stimulation (visual, audio, etc.)

  5. Help them to breathe and become calm by talking. Simple questions again. “What is your name?” “How old are you?” This can be helpful when you describe your movements when they seem unable to see you.

  6. Ask them what you could do, again simply. “Can I take you to the porter of this building for help?” “Do you want to go home?” “Can I get you some water?” Notice that these are yes/no questions. If the person cannot talk, it is still possible to answer by head movements.

  7. If they want you to help them get home or get to help, make sure that you do that in a safe way.

  8. If you go somewhere with them, walk slowly, take the easiest route, and ask them to say it when they feel uncomfortable by something you do.

3. Here is the meaning of each of these 52 car dashboard indicators.

A good thing to have on hand, especially if you don’t have your car’s manual! Link to the image that includes all of the indicators and what they mean: https://www.alansfactoryoutlet.com/the-meaning-of-52-car-dashboard-indicators

4. There is a web site where you can listen to the worlds radio stations anytime you want.


5. There’s a better version of Pompeii fifteen minutes away called Herculaneum. It was also devastated by Mount Vesuvius and covered, but due to various circumstances, it is better preserved than Pompeii.

Image credit: en.wikipedia.org

The boathouses of Herculaneum

It is a fascinating place, if only for the interesting differences in natural preservation between Herculaneum and Pompeii! It also smaller and easier to explore if you have young children or older adults, and it tends to be less crowded.

General Britannica Entry on Herculaneum

“The particular circumstances of the burial of Herculaneum, unlike those of Pompeii, led to the formation over the city of a compact mass of tufaceous material about 50 to 60 feet (15 to 18 meters) deep. Although this layer made excavation very difficult, it preserved Herculaneum and prevented tampering and looting. The special conditions of ground humidity made possible the conservation of wooden frameworks of houses, wooden furniture, the hull of a sizable boat, pieces of cloth, and food (carbonized loaves of bread left within ovens). Thus, Herculaneum offers a detailed impression of private life that is only with difficulty achieved in other centers of the ancient world.”

Visiting Ercolano (Herculaneum) Italy

“A lot of people prefer Ercolano to Pompeii as it is a much more compact site and has significantly fewer visitors. Both sites are managed by the same people and it is easy to visit both in one day using a combined ticket and the local train which connects both.”

Pompeii and Herculaneum don’t offer audio tours with admission and it’s difficult to know what you’re looking at.

Rick Steves offers free audio walking tours of both places, as well as many other destinations across Europe

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