Holiday Waterslide Smash Left Me with No Front Teeth

CHLOE PRICE could not wait for her first trip abroad with friends.

The 18-year-old was off to the Canary Island of Tenerife for four weeks of sun, sea and sand.

But her dream trip turned to disaster after an horrific waterslide accident left her needing £8,000 of dental treatment.

She slipped out of an inflatable ring and landed face-first on the slide, shattering her front teeth.

The full-time mum, now 24, says: "The pain shot across my mouth and blood poured from it.

"I had to put up with looking like that for a whole year and it destroyed my confidence.

"I know I was lucky not to have worse injuries but something like this scars you mentally."

Chloe jetted off in January 2009 to see her pal Emma, who lived on the island.

She says: "It was my first foreign holiday and I couldn't wait. I put aside a month and saved up enough money to have a great time.

"I flew out there with my now ex-boyfriend Rhys. I was looking forward to some serious relaxing, with a few cocktails thrown in."

Five days after she arrived, the trio decided to try out Siam Park - a water park in the Costa Adeje area of the island.

The Thai-themed park opened in 2008, calling itself Europe's "most spectacular water park".

Chloe, of Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, says: "I love water parks and it had nearly 30 rides. We had been there ten minutes when we decided to try out our first ride, called The Volcano.

"It was a huge ride we could go on together, sitting in a rubber ring that span around. It looked a little scary but also a lot of fun.

"I excitedly sat down and held on but a few seconds in, I could tell something was wrong. As we entered the dark tunnel and started to spin, I felt myself slipping off the ring.

"I tried to hold on, but was thrown off the inflatable. Before I knew it I had landed, face first, on the bottom of the slide.

"I felt immense pain across my face and head and then I must have passed out because everything went black.

"I opened my eyes and I had been shot out of the ride. I struggled to pull myself up and looked down at myself in shock.

"My white bikini was covered in blood. My jaw hurt and when I moved my tongue I tasted blood. My front teeth were missing.

"I could feel my gum where they used to be. I must have been in shock because I just stood there at first. I didn't realise what had happened.

"Emma and Rhys put me straight into a taxi and we rushed to hospital so I could get checked out. I couldn't stop shaking."

In hospital, Chloe was X-rayed and told she had a fractured top jaw. She had smashed four front teeth and needed extensive dental surgery to repair the damage, staying in hospital for three days.

Chloe says: "I couldn't believe something so terrible had happened in the first week of my holiday. It was the first time I'd been out of the UK.

"The first time I held up a mirror, I burst into tears. As a teenager I was already body-conscious enough. I felt like it was the end of the world.

"I couldn't smile without looking like a gummy granny. I was absolutely mortified."

But instead of flying home, Chloe was determined to see out the final three weeks of her trip.

She says: "There were moments when I just wanted to go home but I was determined to enjoy the rest of my holiday.

"I was still in quite a bit of pain and there was also no way I would smile properly for the camera, so I had to pose awkwardly for every picture from that moment on. I wouldn't show my teeth."

When Chloe did fly home, she visited a dentist who told her she would need dental surgery and treatment costing £8,000.

Chloe says: "I was absolutely devastated. I had just received some inheritance money from a family member so I could just about afford the treatment.

"But I was gutted the money was going on something like that, instead of being used for something more useful or exciting like a deposit for a house. I had to have two dental implants and two caps.

"The treatment was spread out across a year and I had to have four extremely painful procedures.

"For one of the procedures, I had to have 16 doses of local anaesthetic as my heart was racing so fast it was wearing off - yet it wasn't having much of an effect on the pain. I was a complete nervous wreck.

"I've always been scared stiff of going to the dentist."

Following all her painful surgery, Chloe could finally smile properly again.

A year on from her water park ordeal, she started fighting for compensation. And after almost five years, Chloe received a cheque in November 2014 for £19,500 from the water park.

She says: "I was over the moon when I opened that envelope. I felt that the whole situation had been unfair and because the case had dragged on for years, I honestly had given up all hope of getting anything.

"The money went a long way. It helped pay off some debt I had built up with my partner Michael, 29, who is a personal trainer. And it helped us start a family, as doing so is so expensive.

"Our son Noah was born in March this year.

"We are going on a family holiday to Florida in October but I am not sure I'll be going anywhere near a water park again.

"I'll never forget my first holiday abroad - but for all the wrong reasons."

KIRSTY GREEN is a specialist international personal injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, the firm of solicitors who represented Chloe.

She says: "Chloe suffered some terrible injuries as a result of an accident in Tenerife in January 2010.

"We investigated Chloe's accident at the waterpark and were able to secure a settlement for her at the end of last year.

It is essential that all waterparks and theme parks ensure that their customers safety is their highest priority so that families and their loved ones can all enjoy them safely."

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We aren't even doing any gardening around our home because that would require a trip to either store. I just can't bring myself to go back in there. Proper planning could have avoided this. I definitely got in over my head here. Several weeks ago, my wife asked me if I would do this over again if I knew then what I know now. My answer is yes, but only because I wouldn't make the same mistakes. There was a LOT of wasted material, probably over $150 in scrap. I initially went with pressure-treated lumber for the top panel, but pressure-treated lumber is CRAP and it was a terrible choice. My original buttons were in no way water-proof and all of my efforts to make them weather resistant totally failed. Then there is the giant bag of PVC and copper fittings that I'm left with. Maybe I'll make a sculpture someday. Who knows? The point is that this was not thought out. I had my idea and I was going to make it happen one way or another. The results are fantastic. People say that the Starfield Ceiling is way better in person than the video shows. I feel the same with the Splash-Pod. Everyone laughs and loves the effect; it is MUCH wetter than the videos make it seem. My entire yard is completely drenched after a few minutes of play. It is a great toy. But this was work. My biggest piece of advice for anyone attempting a project like this is to fully plan every factor and answer every question before starting. I didn't do this and I knew it. I ordered the tub and the aluminum before I even knew how I was going to mount it. My wife came up with the hole in the wood panel idea. I asked 80/20 to tap the ends before I even knew if I could get casters in the size they were tapping. Most glaring (and still unsolved) is the fact that my battery will eventually run out of juice and I didn't design a recharging system (I'm planning on taking it out and topping it off every year). I knew I had all of these issues to overcome but I just assumed that I would solve them as I went. Holy crap, do not do this. Do not go forward with a plan unless every loose end is covered; every question is answered. I have to spend a whole paragraph to cover my wife's contributions to this project. She is really responsible for 50% of the design here because of her ability to think outside of the box. She doesn't have any background in engineering or mechanical design like me, but she follows along incredibly well. Every single time I ran into a problem with plumbing, structure, mechanics or toys I could bounce ideas off of her and she nearly always came up with the solution you see here. The fire hose - hers. Cross-fire jets - hers. Tub mounting system (hole in top) - hers. Water-balloon filler - hers. This toy would not exist in any form if I didn't have her support. So for that, I thank you. And I'll thank her for my two daughters who don't know to thank her yet. This was definitely a family effort. My dad was a huge help by answering tons of design questions on electronics and plumbing ideas, from the very beginning. My older brother Paul helped me out with questions on wood-working and paint. My older sister Molly helped by creating the overview video on page 1. My baby sister Erin helped me with this guide. And my mom fostered my early love for water that carried over into my own children. Thanks to all of you =) Anyway... I think that's it. I wish that I could show you all this thing in person because it's so much more fun that way. Stay tuned because I'm definitely adding more toys and accessories to it as time goes on and I have tons of more project ideas for my growing family. I hope you enjoyed the Instructable. -Mike
Everything You Missed About Aquaventure WaterPark
Step into the world of fun and excitement at Middle East's and Europe's No.1 water park- Aquaventure waterpark. It's right in this aquaworld that adventure like no other awaits you. In this post, we take a deeper look into the popular waterpark.Why Experience the WaterPark Simply the Best Dubai is known for everything ultra level. If you want to visit any water park in the world, well, Aquaventure water park without a doubt delivers the absolute best.Amazing Race If you've dreamt of joining amazing race, well, going to Aquaventure waterpark may give you the same thrill that you've witnessed on big screen. This is putting into consideration that one of the episodes of Amazing race season 15 was shot at the popular waterpark. Fun to know is that one of the teams lost because a team member wasn't brave enough to go down the tower of neptune-keep reading to find out what awaits on this particular slide.What Better Way to Cool Off?The temperatures in Dubai can be extreme. I don't see a perfect way to just cool off the heat than splashing your day at the water park.Visiting Aquaventure Waterpark Aquaventure tickets on come in three different options to allow for flexibility in interests and budget. They include:Aquaventure: Adult ticket in this category costs AED 275 and AED 215 for children AquaventureLost Chambers: An adult ticket goes for AED 310 and AED 250 for children Lost Chambers: An adult ticket to the mythical world of Atlantis goes for AED 100 and a AED 75 for children.Attractions Aquaventure Waterpark Below are some must not miss attractions at the waterpark:Atlantis the Palm Aquaventure waterpark is located within the striking Atlantis the Palm Resort this marks the top attraction, but only after you've fully explored the waterpark.The Lost Chambers The state of the art aquarium perfectly recreates the mythical world of Atlantis with Atlantis themed Lagoons & chambers. The dramatic effect is even heightened with the more than 65,000 creatures in the Atlantis resort.Dolphin Bay How about savoring up close interactions with the friendly creatures right in the Atlantis, Dolphin Bay? It's here that you get to watch their unique behaviour in their natural habitat. Don't be afraid to experience their world and just enjoy playing with them.Shark Safari Let's get it clear that you don't have to be a scuba diver to taste the experience of swimming with the sharks. This one is exclusively for thrill seekers though-we don't want anyone screaming with terror lol :) Grab your special helmet and dive into the shark Lagoon for one of the most epic experiences at Aquaventure waterpark.Cownose Ray Feeding The shallow shark Lagoon gives you a cute experience hand feeding the adorable, Cownose rays.Splashers Kids Playground Designed with the young ones in mind, the splashers play area is dedicated to children. It features both open and closed slides, climbing frames, suspending bridges and uniquely crafted water cannons.Aquaventure Beach Note, this is the only waterpark in Dubai with a private beach. If you'd just like to chill and unwind, the 700m pristine beach is a perfect place for everyone.Rides-Aquaventure WaterPark The rides include:The Tower of Poseidon The thrilling collection of thrilling rides & slides include:Aquaconda Did you know this is world's largest waterslide? Sure you can guess what awaits. Get to slide through the serpentine tunnel with excitement before dropping into yet another record breaking attraction-world's largest fiberglass.Zoomerango What does gravity feel like you ask? Well, this ride will have you experience gravity like you've never before. Experience a mix of sensation as you slide up and down the gigantic ride.Poseidon's Revenge This has been marked the most thrilling ride at the water park. Wait in a chute and await to experience the most dramatic thrill of suddenly plummeting at 60km/hr right in the heart of the Poseidon's tower.Slitherine Excitement is racing against your friends right? Get on the dual water slide and go into a wild frenzy on the twists and turns.The Tower of Neptune Welcome to another world of thrilling slides and requires guests to at least meet 1.2 metres in height. The slides are as follows:The Leap of Faith It's all written in the name. The leap of faith slide will have your heart pounding as you drop down the 9 storeys in just a second ;) Shark Attack Take an exciting journey to the core of the tower of Neptune. You could ride solo or in a two person tube which takes you right into the shark Lagoon. Scary right? Not at all! The unique experience brings you close to these creatures, but trust you'll be totally safe.Water Coasters The slides utilize a high-end technology to help push you up and down twisting tunnels on jets of water. Having successfully navigated through the tunnels get to finally emerge in the lazy river for a chilled sail down the stream.River Rides Aquaventure waterways elegantly snake throughout the park providing unique ways to discover different sections of the park. Grab your floating tube and float away. The waterways to try out include:The Rapids The 1.6km long river offers excitement you've not experienced before on its white waters throughout its length.The Torrents The wave generator produces sheet waves that swells up to a meter high adding to the excitement and fun!Zero Entry Pools The pools spot the park allowing you to enjoy leisurely dips as you cruise down the waterpark waterways.Need we say more? Splash your way into the exciting, fun filled world of rides & slides use the link below to reserve your spot on a click of a button!
Ontario Waterpark Allows Women to Go Topless After Human Rights Complaint
A Limoges water park that initially fought a human rights complaint from a woman who wanted to slide topless has changed its dress code.Calypso Waterpark now says "bathers of all genders are required to wear an appropriate swimsuit bottom" although thongs and see-through garb are forbidden and "we reserve the right to determine the appropriateness of swimwear."Lawyer Marie-Pier Dupont of the Ottawa firm Caza Saikaly confirmed the move was related to the complaint of her client, an unnamed Eastern Ontario-area woman, launched two years ago."I cannot comment much," Dupont said Friday."All I can say is that the human rights complaint was settled and now both parties are very happy with the results and that this is as a result of the complaint."Dupont didn't know if her client had since visited Calypso without her top.The woman cited Calypso, the City of Cornwall and seven hotel companies in her complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in July 2017.Groupe Calypso-Valcartier didn't respond to a request for comment Friday morning.In July 2017, CEO Louis Massicotte said it would maintain its topless ban, which also applied to its park in Valcartier, Que., after consulting clients and legal advisers in both provinces."It is not out of a sense of modesty that we have made this decision, but rather it is simply because we have listened to the views of our family-oriented clientele on this matter," Massicotte said at the time.But it was more than two decades ago in December 1996 that the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that Gwen Jacob's topless stroll down a street in Guelph was not obscene, making it legal for all women in Ontario to be topless in public.Jacob was a 19-year-old university student when she was charged with the crime of committing an indecent act for taking off her shirt as she walked home from class on a sweltering day.Her stand has also been credited for helping to open the door to mothers breastfeeding in public.While there have been cases touching on toplessness since, such as whether there's a difference between male and female exotic dancers doffing their tops, the law in Ontario is settled."Essentially, being topless in public is not indecent," said Dupont said, who concludes it's "definitely" an equality issue."It's a matter of men and women being treated the same."The park's current dress code says "weThe park does ask some guests to cover up less, citing slide manufacturers' safety requirements.
Hawaii Vacation with Kids
There couldn't be a more relaxing vacation spot than Hawaii. There are lots of activities on both the land and in the water. The landscape provides the perfect backdrop for all sorts of outdoor activities. There will be plenty of things for the kids to do, so bring them with you. The whole family will love boogie boarding or body surfing on one of the great beaches in Hawaii, like world famous Waikiki Beach. Waikiki even has a cheeseburger in paradise restaurant. The kids will love it. They can get any kind of toppings they want on these world famous burgers. Don't forget the Honolulu zoo. It is a small city zoo, but it's worth taking a tour. The flamingo pond in the front is sure to please the kids and will offer a great photo taking opportunity. The Waikiki Aquarium is another fun family stop. It has a touch pond for the viewing pleasure of the kids and adults alike. Lastly, the bishop museum is worth taking a tour. They have demonstrations on the art of making lei's as well as hula dancing performances. Before leaving the island take the kids to visit the world famous beaches of the North Shore. It's worth the drive to see the very beaches where world class surfers congregate. When visiting Maui a sure bet is the Maui Ocean Center, home to the largest tropical fish aquarium in the United States. The dolphin statues out front make a great background for a souvenir photo. Don't forget to check out the whaling museum located in Lahaina. If you are visiting during the winter months go ahead and take a whale watching tour from the Lahaina harbor. It's sure to please. The beaches at the resort are of Ka'anapali are fun for kids as well. Most of these resorts have awesome pools for little swimmers. Some even have water parks within the hotel themselves. Parents should take advantage of the kids programs at these resorts for some quiet time to themselves. On the big island of Hawaii take a drive through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can see active volcanoes and possibly some lava flow from the comfort and safety of your own rental car. Next take a ride over to Waimea and take the kids for a horseback ride through the valley. You could do an all day excursion complete with lunch, or perhaps just pony rides for the little kids. Lastly you could go to North Kohala and try kayaking. This is a great place for beginners. The island of Molokai will offer some good old fashioned rest and relaxation in an authentic Hawaiian atmosphere. You could rent mountain bikes and explore the island together. Be careful, however, not to go too far off the trails, because it's easy to get lost on the mostly undeveloped island. On this island you should consider renting a house so the kids will have plenty of room to spread out. Also there aren't too many hotel options here on Molokai.
25 Great Gifts for Kids That Have Nothing to Do with Toys (and still Allow for Plenty to Unwrap)
While all kids expect some toys for the holidays, the gift of new experiences and time with family are the gifts that are most likely to be remembered long after the tree has been taken down. Adding some non-toy gifts to your holiday line-up can help ensure that you carve out some family time throughout the year, give children some experiences they may not otherwise have, and go a long way towards simplifying and decluttering. If you are on a budget, many non-toy gifts are very low-cost or even free and others may include events you may already be planning. If you are concerned about your child not having anything to open if give gifts that are not toys, don't despair. It's perfectly fine to wrap notes, tickets, or small trinkets that relate to the gift.1) Indoor Playspace Tickets:Chances are your children will start feeling cooped up over winter break and throughout the coming cold months. Many areas have a variety of indoor play spaces available, from those with giant inflatable bouncy-houses, to indoor trampoline parks, to events like Baby Loves Disco that are held nationwide. Younger children may even enjoy a "ticket" you make good for a visit to a local mall's indoor soft playspace. Even if you have packed winter schedule let your children know that you will take them on a day off of school or over the summer. Buy tickets or gift certificates (or make your own) to wrap.2) Pint-sized grown-up things:Kids love to help around the house and imitate the grown-ups around them. Kid-sized aprons, garden tools, brooms, and even working items like an E-Z Bake oven will help kids feel big and included in their grown-ups world.3) Memory Keeper:Kids love collecting trinkets. Giving them a special box to keep memories or special items, from favorite rocks to bookmarks or their best drawings to birthday cards from loved ones, will be treasured.4) Art basket with projects:Look at Pinterest or library books for inspiration. Gather all of the supplies needed for art projects that you think your little ones will like in a basket or box with a print-out of instructions. Use what you have on-hand -- not everything needs to be new and nothing needs to be complicated.5) Trip plans:Planning a trip for the coming year? Tell the kids about it now and build anticipation. You can wrap a photo of the beach or a guidebook to your destination.6) Play Tickets:Look around your area for upcoming children's shows in your area. Many areas have professional children's theaters, local children's performances, and even middle and high school productions. You can wrap a small item representative of the play, such as a small dog figure if going to see 101 Dalmatians.7) Movie tickets:Most kids love movies! Tickets to a holiday blockbuster or a gift certificate to nearby theater work equally as well and both can be wrapped 8) Lessons or Classes:Let your child know that they will be starting new lessons or continuing with lessons they already love in the new year. If your child needs new equipment, such as a bathing suit for swim lessons, ballet slippers, or a new soccer ball wrap that item to put under the tree.9) Night at a Hotel:Most kids love the adventure of staying at a hotel -- even one right in their hometown. If you can find a hotel with a big pool or water park chances are your child will be even more excited. Search ahead of time for upcoming deals and wrap a note letting your child know about their upcoming adventure.10) Magazine subscriptions:Magazine subscriptions are a gift that will continue to give throughout the year. There are kid-oriented magazines for all age groups and interests from Thomas and Friends to Frozen to Sports Illustrated for Kids and National Geographic Kids . Get one issue of the magazine ahead of time and wrap it to open during the holidays.11) Books:Kids love building their home library. Do they have a new interest they've been learning about school or a favorite author? A couple of new books will be enjoyed for months to come.12) Family Date Night:Give your child a certificate good for a family outing of their choice or choose an event that the family will attend together. This could be as simple as eating out at a neighborhood restaurant or even an at-home movie night.13) One-on-One Time:As much as most kids love family time, they also appreciate one-on-one time with a parent. A coupon good for a mommy/daughter tea or manicure, a daddy/daughter ice cream date, a father/son baseball game or mommy/son trip to the pool will give your child something to look forward to!14) Favorite Food:Give your child a coupon good for one (or more) choice of a for meal choices at home. Most kids will love the power of choosing pancakes for breakfast or mac n'cheese for dinner one day in the coming week. Alternatives could be a coupon for good for an extra dessert or getting to have breakfast for dinner.15) Write a story or poem about your child:Even young children love hearing stories about when they were little and would love a simple book or poem you put together all about them. Add some photos for extra interest. Or, if you are not feeling very creative consider a publisher that prints personalized books with your child's name.16) Museum memberships:Museum memberships make great gifts and usually offer great value for an activity you can enjoy over and over all year long. Wrap a brochure from the museum or the membership card itself for your child to open.17) Gift certificates:Does your child have a favorite restaurant or is she always asking to go to the ice cream shop? A gift certificate would make a great gift!18) Game Night:Put together a basket of everything your family needs for the perfect game night. Include a couple of snacks and a game, which could be new or one you already have.19) Art or Science Kits:There are many options available for all-inclusive art and science kits that you can purchase individually or as subscriptions. Scientific Explorer makes kits exploring everything from the science of ice cream to the science of spa treatments. KiwiCrate offers all-inclusive kits for craft projects geared towards all ages from toddlers to tweens. Seedling offers amazing party kit boxes that keep kids engaged.20) Photo Book:Many kids love looking at photos of themselves and family members. Create a photo book for them or let them know you will be making one together. Be sure to include photos of your child's favorite people and places!21) Go Big:Some events can be counted on to roll through town every year, such as Disney on Ice or Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Even if you don't know the exact show dates yet a little red clown nose under the tree will let your child know you are planning a trip this year. If your child is a sports fan tickets to a sporting event, even one in a different season, makes a great gift.22) Power over Planning:Give your child a voucher good to plan one family outing. You can always provide a list of options if you are worried about requests getting out of control!23) Movie Night Basket:Put some popcorn and a DVD in a basket (even one you already own) to let your child know that movie night is on the calendar!24) Impromptu Party:Why save parties just for birthdays? Let your child know with a note that one day in the next few months he can invite a few friends over for crafts, games, a movie, etc. "just because." 25) Return Visit:Think about what event your child particularly loved over the past year. Bowling? A trip to a playground you don't usually visit? A great water park? Apple picking? Wrap up a photo and let your child know that you will returning this year.
Water Parks in Montreal: a Huffington Post Travel Family Fun Guide
Water parks in Montreal provide families a place to cool off, or warm up. Indoor and outdoor water parks give families the choice of summer fun in the sun or winter warmth in the waves. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Montreal water parks.Address:350 rue Saint-Denis, St-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec, J0R 1R3, Canada Phone:450-227-4671 Hours:The park is open June 4 to June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 23 to Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Aug. 15-21, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; and Aug. 22 to Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Price:Tickets for adults and children 13 and older are $32.48. Tickets for seniors 65 and older and children 6 to 12 are $35.89, while children 3 to 5 are $16.24.Keeping the fun going all year round, Aqua Dome offers something for everyone. The indoor pool and swimming complex is the largest in Montreal. Aquadome has partnered with the Red Cross to offer swim lessons and safety classes to visitors all year long.Address:1411 rue Lapierre, Arrondissement LaSalle, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H8N 2J4 Phone:514-367-6460 Hours:The hours of operation, classes and sports opportunities vary and may change. Check with the facility for daily hours.Price:Admission for children 3 and under is $1.50. Children 4 to 16 are admitted for $2.50, while adults 17 to 54 are $3.50. Admission for seniors 55 and older is $2.50.What's your favorite water park in Canada?Check out more WATER PARKS
Bouncing Bosoms, Bloody Mayhem in Piranha 3dd
"Welcome to rock bottom," muses star David Hasselhoff, playing David Hasselhoff, to himself in a moment of pained, ironic self-reflection.The former Baywatch beefcake is on hand to give a little star appeal to opening day of an Arizona water park not too far from where, a year earlier, a school of prehistoric piranha was unleashed and feasted upon scores of cavorting co-eds (briefly recapped in the film's opening moments to add a sense of continuity to this senseless sequel).In the first Piranha , Richard Dreyfuss provided the opening cameo before becoming fish food. This time, it's Gary Busey who does the, um, honours, uttering the immortal "Holy flying baby s----" before his well-deserved demise. (Continuity is apparently important to the people behind the Piranha franchise, but surely Busey is quite a step down from Dreyfuss.) Christopher Lloyd reprises his wild-eyed role - the only kind he ever seems to play - as a marine biologist who sees the impending danger, and there's the return of a much-diminished Ving Rhames (his legs were eaten in the first one), providing, yes, even more continuity for drive-in theatre owners shopping around for a double bill.The rest is jiggling boobs provided by "water-certified strippers," some below-the-waist nudity, loads of salty language, hoary dialogue ("I don't want to die a virgin," one busty damsel laments) and, from stem to stern, a tidal wave of gross-out humour (including a dismembered member).So Piranha 3DD ("Double D's swim for free," says water park co-owner Chet, played with sleazy relish by David Koechner) trolls pretty much the same waters as its predecessor, which should delight the same adolescents and arrested adolescents who filled theatres the first time around.Yes, as one character notes, "there's something in the water" all right, and apparently it's making movies (and audiences) progressively more stupid.News services
Is It Safe to Go to an Water Park and Get on the Small Slides When You Are Only 7 Wks Pregnant?
Most things I have read on amusement parks (I went to one around 6 weeks so read up on it beforehand) say not to risk it - so I didnt, I just watched with a big ice cream!1. how do i clean 35mm slides that are a little dusty but only a few years old?hfrnakmann is right. In an emergency you can re wash your slides and for this you will need a bowl of warm water with a few drops of washing up liquid to break the surface tension of the water. They can be washed with a ball of cotton wool, dried using a wrung out ball of cotton wool, and then force dried with a hairdryer - obviously this is much easier if you have strips of negs instead of slides. If you use Jet Air be very careful to keep the can upright or you could wreck your images!2. Should we put the references in slides/poster when we already have them in paper?One important consideration is whether any of the people who wrote the references are in the audience. It can not hurt to mention them because academics like to have their egos tickled. Of course, this does not apply for posters.3. Do they make toddler swings/slides for indoor play?I believe they are made by liltte tykes and step 2. They are a bit expensive, look on craigslist or freecycle etc4. Generate powerpoint slides automaticallyYou can give this extension for Impress a try, it is very easy to install and use, just follow these instructions. It takes a whole folder of pictures and automatically creates a slide show out of them, Works nicely for me. The pictures on each slide are centred as you wish but most photos vary in their aspect ratios so tall photos are fit by height and wide ones fit by width.You can then save as Powerpoint, here is a little tip; before saving your slide as Powerpoint, break the links to the photos in Impress by clicking the edit menu item then click links, select all the links and then press the break link button, save the slideshow and then save as Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP (. ppt) this will have the photos embedded in the Powerpoint slide, even though the file size will be large depending on the amount and size of your photos the slide show will be more portable.While this does not automatically create the Powerpoint slide show, it could be a time saver as it does automatically create the Impress slide show which is easy to save as Powerpoint.5. Who prepares slides of and examines cells for adonormalities?The science of specimen collection and examination is generally called pathology (blood tests, urine exams, stool exams etc.) but the specific science dealing with cell studies is called cytology. Study of cells gives information about cancer and other problems.6. How do I skip slides in Beamer?With the beameraudience package you can create different versions of the presentation based on keywords of your choice:7. Course development: can I pay someone to make slides for the course?Theoretically you can, but practically I doubt you will find someone qualified who is willing to do it for a reasonable price. Designing a course is hard work and pretty individualized. Look at how many different ways there are to teach the same course. Everyone does it differently and I hate teaching to someone else's syllabus and cannot image using someone else's unaltered slides.As for acknowledging the author, you probably need to let your department know that you have outsourced this aspect of your job. You will need to make sure that the material is appropriately licensed so that you and the department can use it as needed. As for telling students, I believe there is a fair amount of leeway regarding the reuse of material. Specifically, for many courses, you are not presenting "original ideas" so it is not plagiarism in my opinion. That said, when possible, redirecting students to the original source can be helpful.8. Why do I have a Clicking sound/scan line during PC gaming cinematics?"experiencing an odd clicking noise distorting the audio playback" - Is the noise coming from the hard drive? If so, the hard drive is failing. " a line of distorted pixels that kind of slides up and down the display" - Have you updated the drivers for your GTX465? If you have, then I would return the video card (faulty). "Could any of it be a result of the fact that I use a 26" LCD TV as my computer monitor instead of a traditional computer monitor?" - Nope!
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