Surgeons want you to ditch your wire grill cleaning brush

first_imgPlenty of barbecue tools look like they can hurt you pretty badly, but your wire cleaning brush? As odd as it might seem, it could be the most dangerous of them all.There may be a pointy, two-tined fork or a long, stabby knife swinging from your grill’s accessory hooks, but it’s that innocent-looking wire brush you have to look out for. That’s because those stubby metal bristles have a tendency to fall out… and when they do, they can wind up in your food.Like it or not, you eat all kinds of things without your knowledge. Stuff like pet hairs and small insects aren’t any big deal, but those wire bristles? They can do some seriously bad stuff to your body. They can become lodged in your tongue or throat, for example, and surgeons say that they have yet to figure out a reliable method of finding and removing them.Dr. Ian Dempsey explained that it’s like the old saying “trying to find a needle in a haystack,” adding ” but the haystack is your tongue.” Bristles that work their way down farther can be downright deadly. One patient wound up with a minute bristle lodged in his small intestine. Doctors finally managed to find it as it started working its way through the intestinal wall — if they hadn’t, it could have eventually worked its way into another organ and killed him.How big a problem is this, really? Dempsey said that in Halifax alone they’re seeing one or two ER visits every week. Halifax isn’t a particularly big city at around 400,000 people, so there could easily be more than a thousand barbecue brush-related emergencies in North America each month.Less likely to produce organ-damaging shardsMaybe it’s time to chuck your brush and switch to one of those pumice cleaners.last_img read more

For 200 Cheaper the Samsung Galaxy S9 Comes Pretty Close to the

first_img Are You a Bad Enough Dude For Land Rover’s Toughest Phone Ever?Nokia, Vodafone To Install 4G on the Moon Stay on target At Mobile World Congress tech journalists from around the globe fly to Barcelona to check out the latest upcoming innovations in the smartphone space. But for most folks, the choice between new phones basically boils down to the new iPhone or the new Samsung Galaxy, the standard bearers for their respective operating systems iOS and Android.We’ve already had a few months to get used to the iPhone X. And whatever is next for Apple’s flagship phone is still months away. So at MWC 2018, we learned more about the Samsung Galaxy S9 launching later this month. Digital Trends recently did a rundown of both phone’s specs, and they’re closer than you may think despite the price difference.Some parts of each phone are just too different to directly compare, like the S9’s Snapdragon 845 processor vs the iPhone X’s A11 chip. Plus you could just prefer Android 8.0 over iOS 11 and vice versa. But other aspects of each phone can be compared with hard numbers.Both sport similar 4G wireless features. Both start at 64GB of storage. Both have similarly impressive dual 12-megapixel cameras as well as face-scanning security features.But on paper, many parts of the S9 seem even better despite costing $200 less than the iPhone X. It has 4GB of RAM instead of three, a fingerprint sensor and iris-scanning on top of face scanning, a MicroSD card port and a headphone jack(!), a lighter body but higher-resolution 2,960 x 1,440 5.8-inch screen, and a bigger 3,000mAh battery with fast charging.So why does Digital Trends ultimately side with the $999 iPhone X vs the $720 Samsung Galaxy S9? Are they just drinking the Apple-flavored Kool-Aid? Ultimately, the iPhone X provided better performance in a similarly premium body. But once both phones are available customers can make the choice for themselves.If the Samsung Galaxy S9 isn’t your thing, check out our list of other promising upcoming Android phones.And for more MWC coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more