Suit yourself: why menswear finally smartened up its act

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The streetwear brand Supreme shocked the fashion world last year. No, it wasn’t the red-and-white logo-covered pinball machine, inflatable kayak or even the branded breathalyser it was selling. It was something so innocuous, so unexpected yet quotidian, the virtual opposite of a “shock tactic” in fact. Tucked away among all the hoodies, track pants and baseball caps typical of the much-hyped label, there was – wait for it – a classic two-piece suit. The item more readily associated with commuters and politicians than hoodie-wearing hype beasts had entered new territory.

It sent ripples through the streetwear community. GQ called it the Supreme piece they would most like to buy and, in an unlikely turn of events, suddenly trainer-hungry superfans were salivating over a blazer.

This isn’t just a standard suit, you see – it represents a shift in fashion, which has been dominated by streetwear for the last decade. Items such as hoodies, tracksuits and sneakers now populate menswear runways as a matter of course, and are sold for three figures by luxury retailers. According to the consulting firm Bain & Company, streetwear – once a niche sector – was forecast as one of four driving factors for an estimated 6-8% growth of the luxury market in 2018. Meanwhile, Supreme has gone from cult to serious fashion player. In October 2017, private equity firm the Carlyle Group bought a stake in the company. With the look moving from underground to mainstream, though, a streetwear saturation point has been reached. Enter the suit.

This season there were four major menswear designer debuts at luxury labels and all rallied behind the two-piece. At Kim Jones’s first outing at Dior, he gave the suit his blessing, with lightweight double-breasted ones in pastel pink and Big Bird yellow. Virgil Abloh, in a much-anticipated collection for Louis Vuitton, steered away from what might have been expected when looking at his streetwear-infused label Off-White, and instead opted for roomy tailoring in white, mint and candy-apple red. Riccardo Tisci, a pioneer of gothic-chic streetwear during his reign at Givenchy, showed tasteful, meeting room-friendly suits as part of his first Burberry collection. Meanwhile Hedi Slimane, showing menswear for the first time at Celine, presented his signature razor-sharp skinny suits in black.

The suit is obviously nothing new. It has been with us, in one form or another, for centuries – from French aristocrats’ matching redingotes and breeches in the early 1700s to England’s more conservative version popularised by Beau Brummell in the early 1800s and the preppy postwar American iteration championed by Brooks Brothers. Its longevity can be put down to its chameleon-like qualities. The suit has been spun in many different directions over the years, from the traditional (Gianni Agnelli, JFK Jr) to the foppish (Bryan Ferry, Wes Anderson) to the outright eccentric (David Bowie, André 3000). Then, of course, there are the myriad varieties seen in offices every day.

Razor-sharp … a model on the catwalk at Hedi Slimane’s first menswear show for Celine.

Interestingly, though, as its fashionability grows, the suit’s place in the corporate landscape is fading. Silicon Valley startup culture has ushered in a new age of casual dressing that makes off-duty clothes appropriate for the corner office. Two years ago, JPMorgan Chase announced that “business casual” was its new official everyday dress code. Last year, the business publication Inc. released a guide for companies to attract millennials with a more relaxed approach to workplace attire. With white-collar workers increasingly casual, the stuffy totem of adulthood and nine-to-five dressing that is the suit can be reassessed by a new generation of men who associate hoodies and trainers with the uniform of establishment figures such as Mark Zuckerberg or Evan Spiegel.

Andrew Cedotal, a 32-year-old Silicon Valley game designer, is an interesting case. He wears a suit or mixed suit separates, despite his notoriously casual environs – and likes what it semaphores. “Wearing a put-together outfit is a way of very easily communicating that you know how to build an organised and visually appealing presentation,” he says. “It’s a sign to people who are marketing experts that you know how to tell a story in a single glance.”

Cedotal is an outlier in the Bay Area, and can remember seeing only two other suit-wearers in the wilds of San Francisco. At companies he’s worked for, it’s mostly relegated to the legal team. In the tech industry, where “disruption” is a cherished value, he is in fact the rebellious one for wearing a throwback uniform. “I’ve had multiple people say that to me,” he laughs.

“Suiting suddenly feels subversive [in fashion],” says Brian Trunzo, senior menswear editor at WGSN, the global trend forecasting agency. “A traditional suit makes you do a double-take.” With social media feeds filled with streetwear, tailoring is unexpectedly fresh – and already enjoying the endorsement of fashion editors at the menswear shows, if street-style photography is anything to go by. Trunzo points to the range of new suiting options – from craft details at Calvin Klein and Dior to younger brands such as A-Cold-Wall* and Alyx marrying suiting with a streetwear sensibility – as ways in which the category is seeking a new audience. “I own 40-odd jackets and I haven’t worn one in years,” Trunzo says. “And the other day I found myself in a Rowing Blazers jacket and Nike Pigalle sweatpants, and I was like, ‘Whoa, what is happening? I’m falling victim to the resurgence of suiting.’”

Retailers are starting to see a spike in tailoring, too. Fiona Firth, buying director at Mr Porter, says, “In an age in which streetwear has ruled the runway, traditional tailoring has definitely fallen by the wayside as men dress more casually.” Over the last two seasons, however, the online luxury retailer has seen increased sales in the suiting category, up 30% last winter and set to grow this season. “It’s exciting to see how many luxury houses are introducing tailoring again, but making it relevant for young, casualwear-focused men,” Firth says.

Michael Adebayo, a 32-year-old GP based in the north-east of England, is someone for whom wearing a suit is optional – but he often does it anyway, he says, “in a more relaxed manner, without a tie or pocket square. These days, seeing people combining a suit with trainers or even shorts is amazing.” Adebayo uses suits to stand out – “Velvet and natural wool fabrics are my favourites” – rather than blend into a crowd. “I feel I can take on any challenge when wearing a suit and, most importantly, it makes people listen.”

No wonder suits are proving popular far beyond corporate environments, then. In October and November last year, there was a 33% year-on-year increase for the term “men’s suits” on the global fashion search platform Lyst. “It’s hit the radar of the consumer,” says Marshal Cohen, an analyst at market research firm NPD Group. “Suit separates seem to be the place it’s going to start. We’re already seeing it in the numbers.”

This new era of suiting won’t simply be a return to the slim-fitted “suited-and-booted” movement of the early noughties when Slimane’s skinny tailoring for Dior Homme dominated, but will bring the swagger of streetwear into the more traditional world of tailoring. Look at the mint green, oversized Louis Vuitton double-breasted suit Kanye West wore (with no shirt and slide sandals) over the summer, or Michael B Jordan’s Off-White suit with a belted waist and bright orange armband. Then there’s the floral appliquéd Haider Ackermann suit – a mix of rock’n’roll and romance – that Timothée Chalamet wore at the Toronto film festival in September, or DJ Benji B, more usually found in a bomber jacket or hoodie, in a Virgil Abloh-designed, loose-fitting Louis Vuitton suit at the Fashion Awards in December. Footwear is key – see Stormzy, a tracksuit devotee, on the front of Elle’s February issue in tailoring and trainers – a surefire way to de-corporate any suit.

Of course, for some, the suit never went out of style in the first place. Finance manager David D’Costa, 31, wears one as his “work uniform”. “A mentor in my first job guided me through the basics of suit wearing and over time I’ve developed my own style,” he says. Despite the suit’s formerly fusty reputation, he says seeing hordes of suit-wearers crossing London Bridge in the morning rush hour can be “a thing of beauty” and is in favour of more creative suit trends making their way into the boardroom.

Thomas Henry, a 34-year-old strategy director at the creative agency Mother in New York, has worn a suit all his professional life, to give him a certain edge and add an authoritative balance to his youthful appearance. He remembers the Mad Men-inspired tailoring revival of a decade ago, but is the only member of his office to embrace the suit today, and doesn’t think that will change – because of the impact it makes. “A deep irony about the creative industry is that you spend all this time telling your clients to stand out, yet the people who work in the field have a deep insecurity about looking different.” Henry has no such qualms.

Brendon Babenzien, founder of New York-based brand Noah, which brings together surf, skate and music references with classic American menswear, is aware of this new suit wearer. He usually includes some sort of tailoring among his casual-leaning collections. “I don’t know anyone who dresses up or down all the time,” he says. His current version is a patchworked two-piece featuring tattersall, windowpane and micro-check plaids. “Our customer seems to really appreciate the way we do suiting and jackets,” he says. “We’ve removed some of the formality from it.”

London brand Casely-Hayford is built around the suit, but designer Charlie Casely-Hayford – himself a member of the new suit tribe – has noticed his customer is embracing it in a more relaxed way, too. “Our biggest market is guys who don’t need to wear a suit for their job, but they choose to,” he says. “We work with a lot of creatives and they wear suits in a totally different way from our more strait-laced clients.” Wearing a suit with a T-shirt and trainers is increasingly common, he says. “The overarching theme I hear from our clients is comfort and ease, and the idea of getting that from a suit.”

So are younger men finally ready to trade their sweatshirt uniform for suits? All signs point toward yes. But perhaps it’s not a comeback per se. “I teach at a couple of universities,” says analyst Cohen. “Some of my students come to class wearing suits. I say, ‘What are you all dressed up for?’ And they say: ‘This is me, this is my style. I discovered the suit.’”.

Relax Gaming signs with Max Win Gaming

Relax Gaming, the content provider and distribution platform, has enhanced the scope of its Silver Bullet partner program, striking a deal with Max Win Gaming.

Max Win Gaming will provide new and exclusive content, including the provision of two brand new titles in 2019.
The provider will also develop unique content for Relax Gaming as part of the agreement.

Daniel Eskola, CEO at Relax Gaming, said: “This agreement with Max Win Gaming is a great example of the positive market reception that our uniquely collaborative approach to studio partnerships is achieving.

“Max Win Gaming is an exciting new supplier with a strong history of proven delivery and we look forward to what it will deliver to the market.”

Martin Mitrovich, CEO at Max Win Gaming, said: “Relax Gaming’s commitment to open dialogue, clear route to market and commercial structure really appealed to us, along with access to an impressive level of regulatory expertise

“We’re excited to join the Silver Bullet partner program and believe the fit for our forthcoming content will prove to be a highly success one.”

Relax Gaming is a supplier aiming to offer fresh content and over 280 games. It has significantly grown its commercial footprint in recent months, agreeing numerous agreements with some of the industry’s most recognisable names.

Simple Ways to Keep Lungs Safe from Air Pollutions

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The issue is that air pollution can decline asthma indications, putting individuals with the endless lung condition at higher danger of asthma effect. However, air pollution can be regardless of whether that is traffic smoke, industrial smoke or residue particles – are an asthma trigger that is difficult to dodge, which is the reason it’s so imperative to deal with your condition well. What’s more, here we will give you a couple of tips to shield yourself and your friends and family from air pollution largely. You can buy Air Purifiers for your home or office via ordering online with Amazon Offers today.

It is a proven fact, just like your body and muscle, lungs also age with time. They can turn out to be less adaptable and lose their quality, which can make it progressively hard to relax. Be that as it may, by embracing certain measures, you can all the more likely keep up the soundness of your lungs, and keep them working ideally even into your aging years.

Who is influenced by Air Pollution?

In spite of the fact that everybody is influenced by air pollution, individuals that are especially in danger include:

  • Individuals with asthma
  • Individuals with coronary illness
  • Individuals with respiratory ailments
  • Youngsters
  • Grown-up adults
  • Individuals with diabetes
  • Pregnant ladies

Now, let’s look at the precaution measures to keep your lungs safe from air pollution:

  • Wear a face mask when stepping out

Choose a durable shield face mask that accompanies sub-micron channels as it might help keep most particles from entering your lungs. If you don’t care for wearing a face mask when stepping out, then cover your nose with your handkerchief to maintain a strategic distance from the smoke and residue to some degree. This will in a way help you to protect your lungs from breathing unhealthy air to some extent precisely.

  • Always carry your inhaler if you are prone to asthma

Asthmatics are recommended to keep their inhalers in handy so that they can utilize it at whatever point they feel uncomfortable in the shortness of breath. These protected inhalers can give you rapid relief from breathing problems with the high rise of air pollution on the road.

  • Prefer a healthy and nutritious diet

Eating and maintaining a healthy diet routine can help decrease lung swelling and lung problem. Diet assumes an indispensable job in the seriousness of asthma side effects. Scientific research shows that eating green leaves and green vegetables make your lungs pipes healthy and strengthen from a long time. This will highly protect your lung system from contaminated air pollution to a great degree. A healthy eating regimen may enable you to keep up the perfect weight and monitor your asthma side effects. This will likewise diminish your danger of contracting different issues. A healthy balanced diet makes your lungs effective and active at the very same time. Choose available organic fruits, vegetables, pulses online at best rates with Big Basket Offers Codes today.

  • Intake of herbal tea

Intake of some good quality herbal teas can enable you to battle the negative impacts that air contamination can have on the human body. It is said that herbs have exacerbates that can help ease chest and nasal clog. They likewise contain antihistamine and cancer prevention agent characteristics that can be helpful for the upper respiratory framework. Thus, drinking a cup of herbal tea two times a day makes your respiratory system active and healthy for the long run. It is thus recommended by every doctor and nutritionist that intake of herbal tea on a daily basis can cure a lot of health issue in terms of unhealthy air pollution.

  • Quit Smoking

Smoking can also emit harmful particles from the use of excessive cigarettes. It additionally makes those infections increasingly extreme. Each time you smoke a cigarette, you breathe in a huge number of synthetic concoctions into your lungs, including nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar. These poisons harm your lungs. They increment bodily fluid, make it increasingly troublesome for your lungs to clean and also make it difficult to breathe. Gradually, your respiratory system becomes clogged and making it progressively hard to breathe.

At last, keep in mind that indoor spaces can be contaminated, as well. To confine contamination in the home, pursue these proposals:

  • Think about acquiring an indoor air purifier.
  • Maintain a strategic distance from deodorizers and candles.
  • Keep channels on climate control systems and radiators clean.
  • Vacuum regularly.
  • Wash sheets and stuffed toys to dispose of residue bugs.


Tips to Become a Pro Rummy Player in 3 Days

If you have taken to rummy cards lately, 3 days of practice is enough for you to become a pro Rummy player. Rummy is one of the most interesting card games and has always been loved by card enthusiasts. The game has become more exciting after it has entered the online arena.

Here are some easy tips to become a Pro Rummy Player in just 3 Days:

  1. Use your Jokers Wisely: The card that can be used with the maximum versatility in a rummy game is a Joker. The Joker becomes your best friend after you have made a pure sequence which is always your first objective in order to win a game. After your one pure sequence is formed, the Joker helps you build your incomplete sets and/or sequences. The Wild Joker can also be used in its actual value in forming a pure sequence with the same suit cards.


  1. Pure sequence: If 5 of Spades is the Wild Joker, and you manage to have 3 of Spades, 4 of Spades, and 6 of Spades in your hand, you can use the Wild Joker in its original value and form a perfectly pure sequence.
  2. Impure Sequence: 3 of Hearts, 4 of Hearts, 7 of Spades, 6 of Hearts (7 of Spades is the Wild Joker used in place of 5 of Hearts
  3. Impure Sequence: 3 of Hearts, Printed Joker, 8 of Clubs, 6 of Hearts (Printed Joker is being used as the 4 of Hearts and 8 of Clubs is being used as the 5 of Hearts)
  4. Set: 2 of Diamonds, 2 of Clubs, Wild Joker (used as any one of the remaining two 2-s)
  5. Set: 3 of Diamonds, 3 of Hearts, Printed Joker, Wild Joker (Jokers used as 3 of Spades and 3 of Clubs)

Use your Jokers well and play on websites such Khelplay Rummy, as like a pro.

  1. Get Rid of Identical Cards: You must get rid of the identical cards in a 13 card rummy game, as identical cards are not useful in any way. Moreover, they have the huge disadvantage of adding to the points unnecessarily. Be attentive, discard the identical cards as soon as possible, and form a pure sequence at the earliest.
  2. Never Rush: You can only become a pro rummy player if you are careful and patient. You cannot become an expert real cash rummy player if you are reckless and impatient. The keys to becoming an expert lie in (a) organizing the cards in your hand properly, (b) strategizing with a focused and clear mind, and (c) executing the strategies patiently, with a cool head.

When you play rummy online or otherwise, you must remember that your patience is one of the most potent weapons that you have at your disposal. Keeping your cool goes a long way in making sure that you are able to adjust your tactics according to the situations.

Most importantly, before you declare your game, you must make sure that all your combinations are perfect. Declaration should always be a careful step. If you have patience by your side, no one can stop you from outwitting your opponent.

Follow the above-mentioned tips and become a pro at playing online rummy for entertainment.

Canada Dry sued over ‘real ginger’ claims by mom who expected more ginger in ginger ale

Her suit claims that Canada Dry began highlighting that the drink was “made with real ginger" around 2007.

A frustrated mom from New York won’t be making a toast with Canada Dry anytime soon, seeing as she’s suing Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. for an alleged lack of ginger in the ginger ale soda.

In July, Julie Fletcher filed a federal lawsuit in Buffalo, claiming that the brand’s allegedly false advertising caused her economic harm, and that she was misled about the health benefits of the drink, Fortune reports. In addition to damages, Fletcher also seeks to open the case to others as a class-action lawsuit.

Fletcher takes issue with Canada Dry’s packaging and marketing materials advertise that the drink is “made from real ginger,” but says in her lawsuit that the product only contains a “miniscule” amount of ginger extract. For context, Fortune notes that Canada Dry is comprised of carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate, natural flavors, and caramel colors.

“Ms. Fletcher believed this meant that Canada Dry was made using ginger root and was, as a result, a healthier alternative to regular sodas,” her lawyer Michael J. DeBenedictis supposedly said in the lawsuit, the Buffalo News reports.  “Ms. Fletcher knew that ginger root can calm an upset stomach and she purchased Canada Dry when her children were sick, believing that the ginger root in the beverage would soothe their stomach aches.”

Her suit claims that Canada Dry began highlighting that the drink was “made with real ginger” around 2007.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on the story.

Low levels of air pollution linked to changes in the heart

Regular exposure to even low levels of air pollution may cause changes to the heart similar to those in the early stages of heart failure, experts say.

A study of 4,000 people in the UK found those who lived by loud, busy roads had larger hearts on average than those living in less polluted areas.

This was despite the fact people in the study were exposed to pollution levels below the UK guidelines.

Researchers called on the government to reduce air pollution more quickly.

A team of scientists, led from Queen Mary University of London, analysed health data of people who had no underlying heart problems and were part of the UK Biobank study, including the size, weight and function of their hearts.

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You can see what air quality is like in your area by entering your postcode in the search below. The data represents an average for 2016 and does not include Northern Ireland.

Researchers also looked at the pollution levels in the areas they lived in.

Their study found a clear link between exposure to higher pollution levels and larger right and left ventricles – important pumping chambers in the heart.

For every extra one microgram per cubic metre of PM2.5 – small particles of air pollution – and for every 10 extra micrograms per cubic metre of nitrogen dioxide, the heart enlarged by about 1%.

The changes were comparable to being consistently inactive or having elevated blood pressure, said Dr Nay Aung, who led the study’s data analysis.

“Air pollution should be seen as a modifiable risk factor,” he said.

“Doctors and the general public all need to be aware of their exposure when they think about their heart health, just like they think about their blood pressure, their cholesterol and their weight.”

While the exact locations where people lived were not included in the study, most were outside of the major UK cities and all of them were exposed to levels of PM2.5 air pollution well below current UK limits.

In the study, average annual exposures to PM2.5 ranged from eight to 12 micrograms per cubic metre.

This is lower than the UK limits of 25 micrograms per cubic metre but closer to the World Health Organization’s recommended limit of 10 micrograms per cubic metre.

This fine particle pollution is particularly dangerous because it can penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system.

Exposure to nitrogen dioxide in the study ranged from 10-50 micrograms per cubic metre – the UK and WHO limits are 40 micrograms per cubic metre.

Dr Aung said the changes in the heart were small and potentially reversible.

But he said the fact any change at all was detectable suggested even relatively low levels of air pollution may have a harmful effect on health.

“If you think the current levels of air pollution are safe, then in theory we shouldn’t be able to detect any changes,” Dr Aung added.

‘Can’t expect people to move’

The British Heart Foundation, which co-funded the study, said the findings suggested the government and public health bodies needed to act more quickly to improve air quality.

Prof Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the BHF, which part-funded the study, said: “We can’t expect people to move home to avoid air pollution – government and public bodies must be acting right now to make all areas safe and protect the population from these harms.”

Prof Pearson also called on the government to adopt the WHO air pollution guidelines.

“Having these targets in law will also help to improve the lives of those currently living with heart and circulatory diseases, as we know they are particularly affected by air pollution,” he added.

One limitation of the study, published in the journal Circulation, is that it cannot prove a causal link between air pollution and enlarged hearts.

It is also not possible to say how many people in the study with enlarged hearts will go on to have heart disease.

Prof Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University, who was not involved in the research, said the study provided “pretty solid evidence” of a link between pollution levels and changes in the heart.

But he said it “can’t tell us everything”.

“Heart disease is affected by a wide range of factors – smoking, drinking alcohol, diet, exercise, social position, and more,” he said.

“Suppose that people whose heart health is worse because of some of these factors also are more likely to live in places where air pollution is high.

“That could show up as a correlation between air pollution and heart disease, even if the pollution itself is having no direct effect on the heart.”

‘Top environmental risk’

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Air pollution is the top environmental risk to human health in the UK, and requires collective action to tackle it.

“We have put in place a £3.5bn plan to reduce harmful emissions and our ambitious Clean Air Strategy will make us the first major economy to work towards World Health Organization recommendations on particulate matter emissions.

“By ending the sale of conventional new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040, we are also acting faster to tackle air pollution than almost every other major developed economy.”

The government’s consultation on its draft Clean Air Strategy closes on 14 August.

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Five ways to avoid pollution

  • Keep away from the busiest roads – pollution concentrates around the heaviest traffic
  • Use side roads – these are cleaner because there is so much less traffic
  • Watch out for hotspots of dirty air – engines are often left running in stationary traffic. This can create “urban canyons” of pollution, particularly around traffic lights, so stand back after pushing the button before crossing the road
  • When walking up a hill always stick to the side where traffic is flowing down the hill, away from the brunt of the fumes. This will always be the cleaner alternative
  • Basic face-masks are not worth the hassle – these trap dust but little else, while heavy-duty versions are cumbersome. Scientists recommend avoiding busy roads instead

The Daily Spike: How to protect dogs from summer heat stroke

Just like you enjoy cooling off in the heat, so does your doggo.

Pool party!

When I was on vacation in Alaska, the weather in New York and New Jersey was pretty hot and humid. I got frequent photos of Spike and his brother Swain — who are being raised as service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence — playing in a kiddie pool of Swain’s puppy-raisers, Caryl and Kerry Swain. They loved splashing around and tackling each other. But most importantly, it helped keep them cool.

Photos of Spike smiling or “laughing” on Instagram always get the most likes — who doesn’t love a laughing dog? But dogs are really panting when they’re laughing, and that’s a good thing: It turns out dogs only have a few sweat glands in their foot pads, so they rely on panting to cool down.

And staying cool prevents heat stroke.

Older dogs, overweight dogs and puppies are the most vulnerable, but even young, otherwise healthy dogs can succumb to heat stroke. Canine Companions for Independence’s veterinarian gave me the following tips about heat stroke warning signs and prevention:

Warning signs of heat stroke

  • Excessive panting or erratic breathing
  • Stumbling or dizziness
  • Less responsive to commands than usual
  • Sluggishness
  • Hypersalivation
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (possibly with blood)
  • Gums that are bright red, pale or bluish in color

What to do if you suspect heat stroke

Move out of the sun or hot area immediately and relocate to a shaded or air-conditioned location.

Start cooling measures and take the dog to a veterinarian immediately. To cool the dog, spray them with cool (not cold) water or place sopping towels soaked in cool water over the dog’s body. Turn the air-conditioning on in the car or open the windows to create a breeze while driving to the veterinary clinic. It is important to expose a dog to cool water, and not cold water or ice, as the latter two can shock the body and lead to core body heat retention.

Dr. Eric Mueller, DVM, shares his seasoned tips on pet weight management, ideal exercise plans, and how to keep four legged family members safe this summer.
  • Never leave a dog in a car, even on seemingly mild (60–70 degree F or less) days. Temperatures inside a car can easily rise 40 F within minutes on sunny days, despite leaving the windows cracked open. Humid days also increase the likelihood of heat stroke.
  • Don’t let a dog over-exert during play. Dogs can easily play too hard or too long unless you intervene, even on days that are not excessively warm.
  • Always allow access to fresh water.
  • Schedule walks for cooler times of the day and stay in shady areas.
  • On hot days, walk dogs on grassy areas rather than asphalt and concrete, which absorb heat and can cause second-degree burns on paw pads.


Any dog that is suspected to be affected by heat stroke should be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible, even if they seem to have fully recovered from the episode. Heat stroke can cause serious damage to internal organs and requires prompt treatment.

Now, if only i could find a way to make space for a kiddie pool in my NYC apartment for Spike…

Frustration builds as police stay mum on missing Iowa woman

Investigators are offering no new details in their search for a University of Iowa student who vanished more than two weeks ago.

Kevin Winker, investigative operations director for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said Friday he knows the tight-lipped approach is frustrating for people who are eager to know what happened to 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts.

But he says investigators will continue to withhold basic details about the case because they believe it gives them the best chance to solve it.

At a news conference, Winker said investigators are confident in their timeline of the night Tibbetts went missing from her small hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18.

But again he declined to say whether Tibbetts is believed to have returned home safely from a jog that evening.

Are water beds making a comeback? Here’s why they disappeared in the first place

Water beds were popular in the 80s but then disappeared. Now they might be making a comeback.

When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, it seemed as if everyone I knew had a water bed. Once a groovy, sexy novelty found only in the Playboy mansion, it’d entered the mainstream, with water bed stores on every corner.

In sixth grade, I even got my own. It wasn’t the one with a stereo and reading lamp built into the headboard that I really wanted, but it was a water bed, and it was dreamy. I could heat it up on cold Nebraska winter nights, or cool it down in warmer months. Every night I drifted off to its soothing slosh, and despite a minor disaster when it sprang a leak due to a rogue earring, I couldn’t imagine sleeping on any other kind of bed.

At the peak of water bed mania, in the mid-1980s, it was 1 in 5 mattresses sold in this country. But after that, poof.

While I can’t remember when or why I got rid of it, my beloved water bed vanished, and everyone else got rid of theirs, too. I can’t remember the last time I saw a water bed in someone’s home, or passed a store selling it. Where the heck did all the water beds go and, more importantly, why?

The mysterious disappearance of the water bed, explained

According to Bill Fish, a certified sleep science coach and founder of Tuck, a website offering sleep products and information, there are several reasons water beds have seemingly gone the way of the dinosaur.

For one, companies such as Tempur-Pedic upped the mattress game with memory foam and other more-comfortable-than-box-spring offerings. For another, water beds were kind of a pain. They were heavy, moving one required draining the entire bed (I remember my dad dragging in the garden hose), and leaks were a frequent hazard.

“It got to the point where many landlords wouldn’t even allow a water bed inside of their buildings,” Fish says.

As the novelty wore off, sleep stores began to focus on higher-end conventional mattresses, and replacement parts for water beds became harder to find, Fish says.

A water bed revival?

But if you’re getting nostalgic for those sweet waves rocking you to sleep, we have news: The inventor of the original water bed is launching a new, improved version.

Fifty years ago, Charlie Hall introduced the water bed to the modern world as part of his master’s thesis project at San Francisco State. (Fascinating fact: It started as a chair filled with Jell-O.) From there, he filed for a patent and launched the first water bed company.

Although Hall became a millionaire (through his water bed and other inventions), knockoffs of his bed abounded (awarding him millions more in patent infringement cases) before it fell out of favor. In his mind, the reason boils down to changing preferences in how people want beds to look.

“As time went along, a water bed’s box-frame look went from groovy to ugly,” he explains.

Customers wanted a sleeker look in their bedrooms. To accommodate this, Hall added more padding between the water and the body, which minimized a waterbed’s original advantages: reduced pressure on the body and the ability to control the bed’s temperature.

But after an overhaul, it’s coming back for another round. Hall and his original business partner, Michael Geraghty, have recently introduced a new version of the water bed, dubbed Afloat.

This time, they kept it looking as much as possible like a traditional bed (no more boxy, hard frame), but held onto the things that made water beds so great in the first place.

“We put the baby back in with the bathwater,” Hall says.

The Afloat is equipped with temperature control, an improved wave-suppression system, and a fabric cover that provides better body contouring. And this go-around, you don’t need to purchase special water bed sheets; any standard bed linens fit.

Hall says that while the new water beds are still not easy to move, they have streamlined assembly and maintenance, with detailed instructions, labeled parts, and a hose included.

“They can still be a pain, but we’re getting closer to the level of pain of other mattresses,” he says.

The Afloat bed costs $1,995 for a queen, and is available for preorder online. Or you can go to one of a handful of City Furniture (formerly Waterbed City) stores in South Florida.

Geraghty, who has been sleeping on one of the new beds for a year now, has been following up personally with each customer after their purchase, and says so far the response has been enthusiastic.

Do water beds have a future?

So will water beds make a comeback? Brian DeJesus, co-owner of American Sleep Center in Lancaster, PA, thinks it all depends on whether they develop a coolness factor with younger buyers—much the way once-passé wallpaper has been embraced by millennials.

“Most of the customers buying water beds today are people who have already owned a water bed from when they were popular,” he explains. “So those people may not have too much of an impact on future mattress buyers. For water beds to become popular again, society would have to see them as ‘cool’ again.”

Should you buy a smoker’s house? How to get rid of cigarette smells


Should you buy a smoker’s house? This question may confront you once you feel you’ve found the perfect place … except for that ashtray smell permeating every single room. Is this a deal breaker?

If the smell of cigarette smoke makes you recoil, you’re not alone: One study found that smoking in a home can reduce its resale value by up to 29%.

Still, once a smoker moves out, will the pall of cigarette odor lift, or will it linger? Is there a way to get rid of that stench for good? Answers ahead.

Health impacts of thirdhand smoke in a home

That smell of cigarettes long past isn’t, in fact, just a smell—it’s a residue called thirdhand smoke (THS).

“The lingering odor isn’t just unpleasant; studies have also linked it to cancer,” says Joshua Miller, director of technical training at Rainbow International, a home restoration company.

Tobacco-specific nitrosamines and nitrous acid are two of the biggest threats that cling to walls, dust, and other surfaces within a house. THS residue exposure can be especially dangerous for pets and small children, who often pick up dust and particulate matter on their hands or paws, and then put them in their mouth.

Worst of all, the effects just don’t pass.

“You could breathe in several hundred nanograms of these carcinogens long after the last cigarette burned out,” says Miller.

Just how long afterward? In one study, researchers at San Diego State University measured thirdhand smoke pollutant levels in smokers’ homes after they’d moved out. These pollutants remained even after the homes had been cleaned and vacant for two months. True, THC levels had diminished in that time, but they were still present at higher levels than in nonsmokers’ homes.

Signs of a smoker’s house

Sellers are not required to disclose that a home has housed a smoker, so if you’re worried about it, be sure to keep an eye—and nose—out for it. A smoky smell is an obvious sign, of course, but a strong smell of Febreze, air fresheners, or other fragrances could mean that the seller is trying to mask an odor. A fresh coat of paint can also mask cigarette odors, but they will eventually return.

Ask your home inspector to give you his opinion about whether someone has smoked in a house you are interested in. You are totally within your rights to ask the seller’s listing agent directly; a reputable professional should not lie about the condition of the home.

Should you buy a smoker’s house?

When you’re deciding whether to buy a smoker’s home, you should weigh not only the health risks, but what’s involved in getting rid of cigarette smells. Even if you’re getting a good deal on the price of the home, it’ll take some concerted work to eliminate the odor.

How to get rid of cigarette smell in a house

Getting rid of cigarette odor isn’t easy, since it seeps into everything. Cleaning can help, but replacing entire systems may be in order. Here’s what you can do to eliminate thirdhand smoke.

HVAC system

In a smoker’s house, every part of the central air system has come into contact with smoke over the years, explains Richard Ciresi, owner of Aire Serv in Louisville, KY. Here are some steps you can take to rectify this:

  • “Clean the air ducts,” says Ciresi. “Professional air duct cleaning is an effective way to eliminate odors that manifest when you turn on the furnace or AC.”
  • Change the filter on your HVAC unit. Normally, you would do this every few months. If you’re trying to fight the smell of thirdhand smoke, step that up to every 30 to 45 days.
  • Clean the evaporator coil. “Fumes can be pulled into the evaporator coil of an HVAC unit. The odor permeates the coil, and blasts the smell of cigarettes every time you run the air conditioner,” says Ciresi.
  • If nothing else fixes the problem, you may need to replace the system entirely. Of course, replacing your HVAC isn’t cheap. Expect to spend anywhere from $6,000 to $18,000, depending on your home’s size and the climate where you live.

Wash walls and ceilings

Miller recommends cleaning the walls and ceiling with a 3:1 vinegar-water mixture.

“Ceilings can be the biggest culprit in a persisting smoke smell in a home, since cigarette smoke tends to travel upwards and latch onto the first surface it comes in contact with,” he explains.

Trisodium phosphate (TSP), a strong, general-purpose cleaning product, is also great for removing smoke smell and stains.

Change lightbulbs

Smelly dust can fuse onto lightbulbs as they get hot, so change them out. Windows can also retain a smoky film that emits odor when they’re warmed by sun, so be sure to give them a thorough washing. Blinds can also be washed with vinegar or TSP—or, better yet, throw them out.


If washing doesn’t eliminate the smell from walls and ceilings, then your next best bet is to repaint them all, first sealing in the smell with an odor-neutralizing primer like Kilz. Without the layer of primer, the smell will eventually seep back through the paint.

Clean floors and carpets

“You can sprinkle a deodorizing powder like baking soda on carpets,” says Miller. If that doesn’t work, try a professional steam clean. In the worst-case scenario, the carpets will have to be replaced.

For wood or tile, a normal cleaning with the recommended cleaner should do the trick. Be sure to vacuum up all the dust from every nook and cranny, as the dust contains the harmful (and stinky) chemicals.

Wash curtains and drapes

Fabric tends to hold onto the smoke smell, so you’ll probably need to clean all the window treatments. Depending on the fabric, some can be washed in the washing machine, while others have to be steam cleaned. You can rent a steamer, or hire a professional to take care of this for you. If cleaning doesn’t completely get the smell out, they’ll have to be replaced.