Geese come in for a slippery landing on a still frozen pond in St. Vital Park in Winnipeg on Tuesday. The geese are ready for spring, but Winnipeg it seems, didn't get the memo. (Crystal Schick/Winnipeg Free Press)
It’s official. We have just lived through the worst winter since the 1800’s, and you can tell.
People are starting to rush things a bit. Neighbours on my street are shovelling their yards as they try to get the snow to melt faster. I’m convinced some residents want it gone so fast they would be out there with hair driers and blow torches if they could.
The debate on whether winter is something good or bad is no longer a debate. This winter, 2013-14 will go down as the worst in modern history. But it should be done now. In fact we’ve hit our first double digit daytime high this week, so we’ve moved from the cold and snow into the spring and summer heat rather quickly.
And like the people we’ve seen trying to rid their yards of the evidence of this traumatising winter, many are trading in winter parkas for shorts and sandals. Turns out, people have strong opinions about whether or not it’s ok to start wearing summer clothing.
Here’s some Facebook friends had to say about the sights of an early summer fashion season. Regardless of your thoughts on summer fashion, here’s to a warm and fun spring:
Katie-Lyn Elizabeth: Never too early for flip flops!
Alyssa Mclean: Too short of shorts. I’d rather not see girls butt cheeks hanging out of their shorts. There’s a large difference between good fashion and trashy.
Kim Kooistra: Too many belly buttons. Lol
Kim Weber: My dogs are wearing eau de pepe le pew, and a new swamp mud coat
Amy Horvath: I’ve noticed people in more colors now, changing it up.
Kimberley Watters: I don’t know how people are wearing flip flops already. We still have snow and mud up to our eyeballs out here. But I saw it yesterday!
Micheline Belliveau: Shorts and flip flops. Way too early!
Patricia Anne Hefferan: Gonna be a lot of sick people not wearing coats or warm clothes.
Natasha Marshall: I only saw flip flops. I don’t know that it’s too early. We have been waiting for nice weather forever and some people hate shoes.
Heather Dawn: I’ve been wearing flip flops for two weeks only in hopes spring will come sooner.
Caitlin Kilford: Saw someone in a tank top but wearing winter boots. Go figure.
Amanda Hartley: That might have been me. The sun feels so darn good on the skin:)
Robyn Romeril: Sandles, shorts and bright colours! It’s nice to brighten things up!
Jamie Derhak: I saw two kids in shorts and t-shirts playing in the snowdrifts on my street yesterday, and almost yelled at them to go home and put some pants on!
Robin Woodfield: I wear flip flops all winter long so never too early for me.
Heather Marynuk: I wore flip flops and capris yesterday and ain’t going back to shoes till next winter!
Brittany Strand: I’ve been wearing flip flops for three weeks. Because it’s nice out. Who cares if your feet get a little wet, just avoid mud and snow and you’ll be good. Also being 38 weeks pregnant they’re the easiest to put on!
Daniel Macfarlane: After the winter we had, how can anyone say it’s too early for anything? Craziness!
Jamie Rae Smigelski: Bright colors and florals! And since everyone is getting ready for flip flops — I’m seeing lots of cute Jamberry toes!
Remember this the next time you’re out celebrating a nice day in Westman: All bee stings are not created equal.
A Cornell University student names Michael Smith subjected himself to bee stings all over his body, to map out what section was most sensitive. After weeks of research, although he found stings to his "junk" was uncomfortable, the worst place for a bee to attack was the nostril.
Why would he do this?
It came to him when he was discussing the problems of working with hives. And I’m sure alcohol was involved somewhere in the story. He originally thought the worst place to get stung would be in the testicles.
Two days later, by chance, he got stung there, and he says "It didn’t hurt as much as I expected it to." And an experiment was born.
He chose 25 locations on his body to measure the level of pain. He then held a bee to those areas and allowed it to sting him.
So here are the top 10 most painful places to be stung — Mike measured the stings with a pain rating of 1 for mild and 10 for extremely painfull:
1) Nostril — 9.0
2) Upper lip — 8.7
3) Penis — 7.3
4) Scrotum — 7.0
5) Palm — 7.0
6) Cheek — 7.0
7) Armpit — 6.7
8) Nipple — 6.7
9) Middle finger tip — 6.7
10) Abdomen — 6.7
Remember. No matter how tough your job is, no matter what you have to put up with at home, life can always get worse. Being a professional pin cushion for a group of bees can’t be fun. Get out and enjoy spring. But watch out for the bees. Especially around your face.
JOKE THIS WEEK
A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I’d like to buy some cyanide."
The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"
The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."
The pharmacist’s eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Absolutely not! I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband, that’s against the law? I’ll lose my license! They’ll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!" The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist’s wife.
The pharmacist looked at the picture and said, "You didn’t tell me you had a prescription."
Hayley Reynolds Marshall
Denise Clevett Bialas
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 12, 2014