You may think that summertime is all sunshine, the ice cream man, cotton candy and rainbow sprinkles — but you could not be more wrong.
The truth is that danger lurks around every corner, especially in the summer. The sun can burn you and give you skin cancer. The ice cream man is probably a nose-picking child molester. And eating cotton candy and rainbow sprinkles may get you punched in the face by the other kids at school.
The latest threat to your health and well-being is sand. You may not have been aware of this, but sand is the #1 killer of people who dig holes in it and then climb in before the hole collapses. Just ask James Boyden, a 17-year-old who went on the Today show this week to drum up awareness of the dangers posed by sand:
Seventeen-year-old James Boyden of Scotland, Conn., told NBC’s “Today” show on Friday that he briefly blacked out after sand collapsed on him on East Beach on Tuesday. He was freed by emergency workers using heavy equipment after several hours.
While emergency workers have said the hole was 6 to 8 feet deep, Boyden and his family say the hole was much smaller and that the teen was trapped only because he was kneeling when the hole collapsed.
Boyden’s father, Kenneth Boyden, says his son was completely covered by the sand. “Even a smaller hole can be very dangerous,” he says.
I’m proud of the Today Show and the Boydens for highlighting this serious issue. As a survivor of a terrifying life-and-death tangle with a lump of pizza dough, I know just how critical issue like this are. Unfortunately the Today Show won’t have me on to discuss my incident, so please help me get the word out that wrapping uncooked dough around your head and trying to bake your face in the oven can be very dangerous.
Gloomy Planets — The Notwist
Without the Benefit of Sight — Jay Bennett
Bows + Arrows — The Walkmen
I Don’t Always Know What You’re Saying — Ladyhawke
Campus — Vampire Weekend
Tap at my Window — Laura Marling
On the Water — The Walkmen
Anna Begins — Counting Crows
Believe Me Natalie — The Killers
Master of None — Beach House
Let the Beat Ride — Lyric (Ed Note: Wow!)
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