Get painting secrets from the 'Wall Wizard'
Painting is one of those chores most of us learn by doing -- and screwing up.
Brian Santos thinks there's a better way.
Santos, a decorative artist and contractor, teaches his readers how to paint, wallpaper and create faux finishes in "Painting and Wallpapering Secrets From Brian Santos, the Wall Wizard."
His instructions are thorough and easy to follow, with plenty of photos to illustrate his points. He also includes lots of tips and warnings, and he shares some of his own mistakes as cautionary tales.
"Painting and Wallpaper Secrets" is published by Wiley and sells for $21.99 in softcover.
Driving while eating can be dangerous, too
You've no doubt heard about the hazards of driving while yakking on a cell phone or using your thumbs to text rather than steer. Well, how about the dangers of eating while driving?
The "Ask a Dietitian" website listed the dangers of driving while eating, culled from a list compiled by Haggerty Insurance Co. So put down that greasy burger and put both hands on our quiz.
1. What is the most hazardous thing a driver can consume behind the wheel?
d) Green beans
2. Why is the answer to Question 1 deemed the most hazardous?
a) "Because drivers invariably try to make instant cleanups while still driving"
b) "Because it's often served at temperatures near scalding, and can cause serious burns that also divert a driver's focus"
c) "Because uncovered drinks generally are the greatest offenders for unexpected splashes and spills"
d) All of the above
3. Why do more food-related auto accidents happen in the morning than in the evening?
a) "A driver's synapses do not fire as fully as in the afternoon, increasing spills"
b) "Nobody wants to look messy on the way to work ... so drivers invariably try to make instant cleanups while still driving"
c) "Foods eaten for breakfast, such as cereal in a bowl with milk or scrambled eggs, tend to spill more frequently than hamburgers or burritos"
d) All of the above
4. Why does the website caution people not to eat fried chicken while driving?
a) "Disposing of the bones forces the driver to look away from the road too often"
b) "Your hands could slip on the stick shift and plunge the car into reverse"
c) "Grease on a steering wheel is almost impossible to get off"
d) all of the above
5. If you want to eat a doughnut while driving, what is your safest choice?
a) plain cake doughnut
b) jelly doughnut
c) bear claw
d) none of the above
ANSWERS: 1: b; 2: d; 3: b; 4: c; 5: d (the site does not recommend eating anything behind the wheel)
-- Standard-Examiner wire services
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