In the midst of their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
Some problems confound the means and efforts of even the most gifted individuals; in 1904, tuberculosis was one such problem. Then, concerned citizens banded together to create the American Lung Association—one of the oldest voluntary health organizations still extant in America today—ultimately defeating the disease through the power of collective action. Today, the nature of the battle may have changed, but the spirit of community concern and volunteerism still thrives. Instead of actively fighting to cure certain diseases, the American Lung Association takes a big-picture approach, helping people quit smoking through education and encouragement, providing in-school programs for kids with asthma, and encouraging the community to keep the air healthy, breathable, and free from clouds of inhalable hornets.
The shammy-wielding auto massagers at Car Care tend to Boston's internal-combusting population with a dazzling repertoire of interior and exterior washing, waxing, and detailing services. An automotive day at the spa begins with an internal cleansing better than juice fasting—both seats and carpeting enjoy thorough vacuuming, reveling in their burgeoning cleanliness as goldfish snacks, mud streaks, and tollway-fearing change get sucked up and away from beneath seats and inside crevices. Not to be outdone by its fuzzy interior, the chassis practically purrs through a hand wash and wax, emerging as smooth and shiny as entries in the Most Aerodynamic Pet contest.
Everyone knows that Swedes use a lot of oils in their famous massages, but did you know that Sweden is the world's second-largest consumer of lubricating oils? A 2006 study in The American Examiner of Suspicious Swedish Behavior reported that Swedes annually consume 1,460 gallons of lubricating oils per person. That comes out to exactly four gallons per person per day (leap year not factored in to avoid over-complication). And taking into account that children require less oil to become slick, it appears that adult Swedes may be lathering themselves with up to 12 gallons a day.
Radiant Skin Solutions' experienced body beautifiers eliminate unwanted hair from skin surfaces with specialized laser systems. Laser hair removal offers patients a long-lasting clearing option, helping to eschew the irritation of razor burn, the tediousness of waxing, and the expense of maintaining a fleet of mini bulldozers. The FDA–cleared Radiant hair-reduction technology saturates skin with a filtered, pulsed light beam, targeting follicles with a focused energy that destroys hair-growth cells while leaving other tissues unharmed. Before beginning their laser sessions, clients meet with an experienced Radiant staff member for an informative consultation, friendly game of freeze tag, and complimentary imaging analysis, where a series of photos charts one's skin texture and potential problematic areas.
The legacy of St. Francis of Assisi permeates the air at St. Francis House. There, staff and volunteers work to emulate the devotion he showed people throughout his life by assisting people who are underserved or experiencing homelessness. They provide support and care for all of their guests in the form of basic necessities, such as food, clothing, showers, and medical care, as well as guidance services.
Every day, more than 800 men and women seek aid at St. Francis House and take part in its counseling and rehabilitation services. The counseling department provides individual therapy, legal aid, and immigration services, whereas the rehabilitation services help people overcome challenges stemming from mental illness and substance abuse. To propel its guests into self-sufficiency, St. Francis House also offers a 14-week job- and life-skills training program to help individuals who have dealt with drug addiction, homelessness, mental illness, or incarceration find careers.
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