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.
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.
One of SmallCanBeBig.org’s current projects aims to fund EMT job training for a local mother of two. Because one of her daughters lives with a serious heart condition, she must often take unpaid leave from work to keep her child healthy. Living with an insecure source of income and a chronically ill child leaves the family struggling to pay bills and rent. Continued education to become an EMT would help provide a stable income and the ability to readily respond to her daughter’s medical needs.
At Radiant Skin Solutions, board-certified Nurse Practitioner Rodney Scyphers and his licensed staff diminish unsightly spider and reticular veins using a non-invasive, state-of-the-art laser. During a free initial consultation, a diagnostic imaging device helps to pinpoint specific problem areas and track progress between the two sessions. In each 15-minute spider-vein treatment, a Palomar Star-Lux 500 laser pulses over the skin, passing through the epidermis to constrict enlarged blood vessels, rendering them less visible despite their garish new five-story platelets. The system’s continuously cooled laser head prevents injury to surface skin, minimizing discomfort and posttreatment downtime. With this Groupon, the second appointment must be completed within one month, after which capillaries may form the words "humble veins" in an attempt to gain the nurse's sympathy.
In its 12-week journalism program called Sisters Helping Other Unheard Teens (SHOUT!), Teen Voices helps young women to develop the skills to write about social issues, with an audience of 45,000 print readers worldwide. College-age female mentors guide teen editors as they write, research, edit, analyze, and think critically to craft articles about issues that affect teen girls. Teen Voices would like to support one teen editor for the duration of the program by providing journalism resources such as workforce-development information, media-literacy workshops, technology training, a digital voice recorder for interviews, and the use of a computer for typing and editing, as well as healthy snacks.
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.
PetPals has worked with 34 long-term care facilities in Brookline and Boston, reaching more than 650 residents since 2003. A veterinary behaviorist carefully screens cat and dog volunteers before they can begin visits, and the program trains both pets and their owners on how to interact with the residents to optimize experiences for everyone involved.