1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12

The J12 was offered only as a rolling chassis, with massive construction and a choice of four wheelbases. The huge “square” V-12 (long stroke engine optional) was an engineering masterpiece, but burned fuel as rapidly as you’d expect in an enormously heavy car. Still, it could move the car 0-60 in 12 seconds and on past 100.
Bodywork, of course, was to customer choice, and most examples carried every luxury and convenience feature imaginable at the time. A very few were built with sporty styles, those by Saoutchik being the most memorable and striking. The J12 is a genuine international Classic of interest today only to a very fortunate few

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Pluses of the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12:
Minuses of the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12:
Production of the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12: 120
Specifications of the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12: Wheelbase, inches: 135/146/150/158 Length, inches: 192+ Weight, pounds: 4,900-6,500 Price, new: NA
Engines for the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12:
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Public 18-Hole Golf Courses Near Wildwood, New Jersey

With multiple golf courses near Wildwood, golfers have the option of hitting the links and getting in some beach time in one trip. Fresh ocean air wafts in off the Atlantic, making for an exhilarating round or two

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. The high-concentration of public 18-hole golf courses around Wildwood also makes for some competitive prices in this southernmost coastal area of New Jersey.
Erma is about six miles southwest of Wildwood. Cape May National Golf Club has an 18-hole public golf course that surrounds a fifty-acre bird sanctuary. The par-71 course is nicknamed ¡°The Natural¡± because no houses overlook the fairways. The black-crowned night heron is a bird on New Jersey¡¯s threatened species list that nests at Cape May National Golf Club.
The town of Rio Grande, five miles west of Wildwood, has a casual par 3 course for a relaxing round. Cape May Par 3 and Driving Range is a public 18-hole course, with short holes and affordable pricing. Whether you are a beginner or you are looking for a quick round of golf, holes are not designed to be intimidating. This par-54 executive golf course offers you a casual atmosphere where beach attire is appropriate.
In he Cape May Court House area. nine miles northwest of Wildwood, the Avalon Golf Club is a player-friendly par-71 course. This course is welcoming to golfers of all skill levels. Major features are narrow fairways and eight natural lakes. Expect to see such wildlife as swans, hawks, bald eagles, seagulls, geese and deer while golfing at Avalon

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If you are interested in a challenging 18-hole public course, head 18 miles northeast of Wildwood to Ocean View. Shore Gate Golf Club is a par-72 course featuring many lakes, ponds, bunkers and other hazards. The course is designed to be challenging, and also quite scenic in its forest setting.
Thirty-eight miles northeast of Wildwood toward Atlantic City, you’ll find a variety of courses in Egg Harbor Township. Choose from par-70 to par-72 courses, such as Green Tree Golf Course, Harbor Pines Golf Club, Ballamore Golf Club, McCullough¡¯s Emerald Golf Links and Twisted Dune Golf Club. The diverse terrain of these courses will challenge your game with their bunkers and water hazards, as well as please the eye with dense forests and scenic gently rolling land.

How to Safely Put in a New Belly Button Ring

According to the Association of Professional Piercers, the initial jewelry used when piercing your belly button is designed for safety, not style

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. If you want to put in a new navel ring, wait until your piercing has fully healed in order to prevent any type of infection or skin irritation. If your skin around your piercing is still tender or is secreting liquid you should wait until these symptoms stop before putting in a new piece of jewelry. According to Boston Children¡¯s Hospital Center for Young Women¡¯s Health, the estimated healing time for a navel piercing ranges from nine to 12 months.
Wash your hands and the area of your belly button with antibacterial soap.
Dry your hands and stomach thoroughly and put on a pair of new latex gloves for extra protection against infections.
Soak a cotton ball in alcohol and dab your belly button piercing with it to sterilize the environment before you take out your existing piece of jewelry.
Unscrew the top ball of your navel jewelry going counterclockwise. Hold the bottom part of the jewelry with the other hand to avoid it spinning in place while you are trying to unscrew the top.
Push the jewelry piece down with your index finger to remove it from the bottom and dab the area again with your cotton ball.
Take your new piece of jewelry out of its package. Only use presterilized and prepackaged jewelry made out of metal, preferably gold, silver or titanium, to avoid infections.
Unscrew the ball of your new piece of jewelry and insert it from the bottom, placing your thumb and index finger at the top to catch the jewelry piece once it makes it through the piercing.
Screw the ball at the top and adjust the ring to feel comfortable.

21 Home Remedies for Breast-Feeding Discomfort

Throughout your pregnancy, you probably imagined how wonderful the breast-feeding experience would be for both you and your baby. All you could think about was looking down into that tiny, trusting face and feeling the closeness between you and this new little being. So naturally, when it finally came time to put baby to breast, you were excited. But now, you’re in agony. Your nipples may be painful, cracked, and bleeding. Or perhaps your breasts are uncomfortably swollen. The milk may not flow when you need it to and may seem to flow uncontrollably when you most wish it wouldn’t (like when you’re standing in line at the grocery store or sitting at a dinner party). So where are those tender, happy moments you’ve seen in the magazine and television advertisements??
Well, hang in there. Those moments do happen, just not always right away. The problem is, many mothers give up breast-feeding in frustration because they don’t realize that things will get better with time and practice. They also don’t realize there are steps they can take to decrease breast-feeding discomfort and increase nursing success. This article will give you the helpful nursing home remedies that can make breast-feeding a rewarding and comfortable experience for you and your baby. Before we begin, we should examine the sources of breast-feeding discomfort.
As far as what causes breast-feeding pain, it depends on where the pain occurs. Pain in the nipple, for example, is most often caused by the baby latching on to the nipple incorrectly. Nipple discomfort can also result from a certain fashion choice and therefore tends to be more prevalent in American women: Women in the United States are more likely to wear bras, which protect the delicate nipples and leave them more sensitive to the friction and exposure that comes with breast-feeding. In contrast, many foreign women go braless much or all of the time and often sunbathe in the nude, which gradually toughen the nipples. As a result, they experience less discomfort when they begin nursing a child. Preexisting conditions, such as inverted nipples or nipple sensitivity that developed during the pregnancy, can also lead to breast-feeding discomfort.
Pain in the fleshy part of the breast, on the other hand, is most often caused by engorgement of the breast with milk. This is most likely to occur during the first few days after your milk comes, before your body has a chance to adjust its milk production to the needs of your baby. Initially, a woman’s body makes enough milk for twins, but then gradually changes its milk production based on the amount of milk regularly removed from the breasts. So if you are nursing only one baby, your body gradually lowers the amount of milk it produces to match the amount consumed by the single baby. (You’ll discover shortly why this is an important point to remember.)
Engorgement can also occur any time the amount of milk produced exceeds your baby’s ability to siphon it off, such as when the baby’s appetite is diminished due to illness. Mild cases can even occur between feedings, especially if feedings are spaced several hours apart or if a feeding is unexpectedly delayed. Fortunately, no matter the cause, the engorgement will naturally resolve itself within a few days if not sooner (as long as you don’t do anything that encourages your body to make too much milk).
To prevent discomfort from turning you off to breast-feeding, it helps to keep in mind that breast-feeding is a learned skill, and you’ll need time, practice, and patience to make it a comfortable, successful experience. It’s also important to remember that the early days of nursing may leave your breasts a bit tender and sore, but pain, cracking, blistering, or bleeding means there’s a problem that needs to be solved. Fortunately, most breast-feeding problems can be remedied, and the pain either alleviated or prevented, with some fairly simple adjustments.
In the next section, we will delve into some home remedies that can ease the transition into breast-feeding

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This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.

How Does Peer Pressure Influence Teen Purchasing Choices?

Peer pressure affects even well-behaved teens by influencing their buying choices. They might feel compelled to buy the latest electronic gadgets, shoes, clothing, cosmetics and hair products because people they know are buying those items. Helping your teen think for herself and make wise financial choices can influence her ability to make sound financial decisions later in her life.
Negative peer pressure affects adolescents daily. According to the 4 Therapy website, the most difficult people to say ¡°no¡± to are close friends

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, the popular clique, older teens — including brothers and sisters — and people they are dating. Praise your teen often when you see her restrain from buying unnecessary fad items and wasting her money. Explain that the ability to do this is a sign of maturity and a big step in becoming a responsible adult.
Allow your teen to see you making smart choices, as suggested by Education.com. For instance, if her friend¡¯s parents buy the latest SUV, say to her, ¡°Those are gorgeous automobiles and it would be nice to have one, but our van is in excellent condition and should last for many more years.¡± Tell her there are other things that you need more and that keeping up with the latest trend is not a priority. Explain that she will deal with peer pressure all her life, but it is particularly intense during the teen years.
Teenagers must learn to reverse the effects of peer pressure. That will not only make it easier for them to reject unnecessary purchases, but it allows them to refuse other detrimental behaviors. Advise her to think independently by having her assess the circumstances, come to a sound decision and then leave the temptation, according to 4Therapy.com. For instance, if people are wearing expensive pairs of lime green tennis shoes, she should think about whether they are really something she wants or whether she desires them because others are wearing them. Instruct her to count the cost. She can do this by asking herself whether they will match only one or two pieces in her wardrobe, thus making the cost of the item not worth the price. Tell her she can avoid temptation by leaving the store quickly before she starts doubting her decision.
Role-playing with your teen is another effective way for her to learn to make wise purchasing choices. Play the role of a friend who often tries to cajole her into making a purchase simply to fit in with the crowd. She can say something along the lines of, ¡°No way, I am saving for a car and that is more important than these shoes to me.¡± Another way for her to point out the wisdom of not buying the shoes is to say, ¡°I spent a lot of money on one of those popular hats last summer and I only wore it once; I sure wish I had that money back now.¡±

Is seaweed clothing the future of medicinal fashions?

By all that is holy! What is that green, dripping monstrosity emerging from the seaside muck? Hide the children! Fetch fire and pitchforks!
Oh wait, it’s just a local decked out in the latest seaweed-based, skin-healthy fashions. Put down the weapons and let me explain.
According to Scotland’s STV website, Highland knitwear crafter Anna Skea has taken to incorporating seaweed in the wood pulp she uses to make fabric. Skea has specialized in creating fashionable coats, tunics, tangles and gloves from local materials for more than 30 years

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, but her use of seaweed introduces the potential for medicinal clothing items that actually treat rather than irritate afflicted skin. In fact, Skea herself suffers from psoriasis.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of clothing that heals or alleviates pain before. Shopping for clothes is generally more of an exercise in minimizing discomfort, isn’t it? And of course based on Skea’s website, we’re not actually talking about draping naked bodies in kelp or dressing up like tide monsters. You’d never guess this stuff was made from materials that include seaweed.
STV included this video about the health benefits of seaweed

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. Watch and enjoy charming Scott accents and much contemplation on which mustard goes best with these leafy greens.
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Stuff You Should Know’s Guide to Proper Adulthood: Old Fashioned Cocktails

Here at the Stuff You Should Know blog, we are starting a joint venture with the nice people over at Vice.com. They’ve launched a site called Motherboard that explores sci and tech, and since the last sentence of its very mission statement ends with “stuff you should know,” they decided that Stuff You Should Know should have some sort of place on it … and that place should be a place where we will dispense certain advice about how to grow up properly and how to be properly grown up. (And if you are reading this on Motherboard, which is that place, your brain must be soup right now.)
So this is it and here it is: the first installment of Stuff You Should Know’s Guide to Proper Adulthood. To reassure any concerned reader that the type of adulthood we’re pushing isn’t of the boring sort, one of check registers with crisp margins and muesli, we shall launch this series with a spotlight on booze. And not just any booze, either, but what is perhaps the original concoction made from booze, the first drink to be described as a cocktail back in 1806, the Old Fashioned.
Which is not to say we’re traditionalists – tradition is all fine and good, and we are keen on the longstanding tradition of enjoying well-made drinks. But we believe that the Old Fashioned is worth knowing about because the wide variety of versions that can be made from its minimal ingredients forms something of a primer for appreciating cocktails – and, hence, adulthood – as a whole.
First, to start with the requisite background on the cocktail in general. Cocktail, this term that we now use to refer to any drink made with booze, originally described a very specific type of booze drink, one made with, as cocktail historian David Wondrich over at Esquire puts it, “a little water, a little sugar, a lot of liquor and a couple splashes of bitters.” This liquor could be anything, and indeed there are plenty of modern incarnations of the Old Fashioned that use rum, Irish whiskey, tequila or brandy for a base. But at some point, the world pretty much agreed that the Old Fashioned would be typically made using bourbon or rye. And those bitters, which at the time of the cocktail’s original description in 1806 could be purchased from your local traveling snake oil salesman alongside a tincture of morphine for your infant child to calm his fussin’

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, would come in this modern age to mean those produced by Angostura, which could be gotten from Trinidad beginning in 1830.
There is some more you should know about the Old Fashioned cocktail. We mentioned that the word “cocktail” described a specific drink with water, sugar, liquor and bitters, but we failed to tell you that the origin of the word is supposed to reflect the time of day when it was frequently consumed, in the morning as an eye opener. Cocktail is just “cock’s tail” put together, and the rooster comes out most noticeably in the morning, which probably led to the tip of the cap to him with the drink’s name. Other types of drinks that now fall under the generalized umbrella term of “cocktail” but formerly stood on their own include juleps, punches, rickies, smashes, toddies, sours, slings, coolers, cups, fizzes and highballs, each made from a pool of requisite ingredients or methods and each putatively enjoying its place of consumption at certain times of day or in certain weather or climes. Our post-colonial forebears went around half-crocked most of the time, it seems, and had it down to much more of a science than we do today.
You should also know why you may have had an Old Fashioned that was made with muddled orange bits and electric-red maraschino cherries. This was a contribution from the era of Prohibition, when well-crafted booze was hard to find. Bartenders did their best to disguise just how bad the spirits they served were by adding other flavors using garnishes. You can still find this version of the Old Fashioned in wide abundance at bars in the U.S., and not necessarily just at TGI Fridays. One of your correspondents stopped for an Old Fashioned at a certain legendary bar in New York where the men’s urinals are known to be large enough for a man to actually stand inside (which your correspondent did not try, but did note that it would have been possible), and was served, at bartender’s insistence, a version made with no orange but with muddled cherries.
(For even more on the Old Fashioned, check out this exhaustive article from Troy Patterson in Slate.)
And it is here that we reach the Stuff You Should Know motto: “To each, his own. Live and let live. Don’t be a jerk.” Neither we, nor anyone else in this great, wide world, are in any position to tell you, our dear reader, what kind of Old Fashioned you should like. That is folly and even bullying. For what can be a more personal decision than choosing a cocktail that makes you feel happiest when you’re holding it in your hand, with the ice half melted and clinking around the glass? It is certainly not our place to judge; we merely hold out the original version in a gesture of offering, revealing the background with the notion that understanding where the drink came from and what it was originally intended to be seems like an excellent basis for further exploration, not just to finding what version of the Old Fashioned best suits you, our well-informed adult reader, but what other drinks you may enjoy. Here, at square one for every cocktail in the whole world, you may ask and answer a lot of initial questions about drinks in general: Do you prefer rye or bourbon? High-proof or smooth? How to zest an orange without getting any of the white pith? (A: Practice) What the hell are bitters made of, and how much do I like their taste?
These questions are fit for anyone who wishes to appreciate cocktails the Old Fashioned does not discriminate, and appreciating one crosses all boundaries of taste and time.
And so, we humbly submit our own version of the Old Fashioned cocktail, one based pretty much on the original:
Place a lump of demerara sugar in a rocks glass and saturate it with two to three dashes of Angostura bitters. Muddle the sugar and add two ounces good bourbon whiskey. Express a piece of orange zest over the drink and drop in the zest. Stir a bit and add a couple of medium-sized pieces of ice. You may also want to add a little spray of seltzer water too; we do sometimes.
All that’s left is to enjoy your Old Fashioned. Enjoy the gift that is adulthood.
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Why Do Teenagers Find Fashion Important?

If you have just finished another fashion-related argument with your teen — her skirt is too short; that outfit is too expensive — you might be ready to throw in the proverbial towel. Style, clothing and fashion can become a touchy subject in the home, especially when your teen is experimenting with new looks or when she is constantly begging for funds to support her fashion habit. By understanding why fashion is so important to your teen, you might learn when to pick your battles and when to stand your ground.
As your teen matures, she will naturally start exploring her independence and image. Fashion is one of the ways that your teen expresses and tells the world about herself. If you notice your teen changing her style and experimenting with different looks, do not be alarmed — FamilyDoctor.org notes that it is completely normal. Your teen’s fashion choices say a lot about her — and that is just how she wants it to be.
While on the cusp of becoming an adult, your teen lacks adult freedoms because she is still living under your roof

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. While she may not get to decide if she goes to school or how late her curfew is, what to wear are choices she can make herself. Being preoccupied with style means your teen is reaching for her independence by choosing how she presents herself to the world. Of course, this can be a double-edges sword, as she may use fashion as a way to rebel against your rules as a parent.
Your teen’s social life often revolves around the clothes she wears and peers definitely influence her style, notes the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension. Her style might define the group of friends she spends time with and might even send a message about her ability to purchase name brand or popular clothes. When you end up in an argument over a pricey top at the mall, there’s a good chance your teen wants a certain style so that she can fit in with her friends. While some teens like to go against the norm, others prefer to blend in, using their clothes as a type of social camouflage.
Do not underestimate the influence that pop culture has on your teen and how she views fashion. Teen queen celebs, popular stars and images in magazines, movies, music videos and TV tell your teen that she needs to dress a certain way to be happy and pretty. Your teen might find fashion important because she views it as a way to attain the lifestyles of her favorite stars

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Mercury Muscle Cars

The phrase “Mercury muscle cars” sounds like a contradiction in terms. Ford’s upscale division, after all, was positioned to battle the Buicks and Oldsmobiles of the world.
But the youth market of the 1960s pulled a lot of automotive brands in directions they might not ordinarily have gone. And so by the later part of the decade, even staid Mercury had a respectable little muscle-car lineup.
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That performance presence didn’t quite come out of nowhere. Ford had taken care to include Mercury in its early-’60s hot-engine efforts. The speed-demon Mercury for ’62 and ’63 was the Marauder S-55 with the optional 405-bhp 406-cid Ford V-8. When Ford made its strong 427-cid V-8 available, Mercury got that, too. A full-fanged version Mercury Marauder X-100 was released in 1969.
Still, it was the Ford versions of these cars that got the lion’s share of street-performance publicity. That was a bit ironic, since Mercury had fashioned a stalwart racing identity all its own.
Cale Yarborough was among the NASCAR greats who drove Mercurys to stock-car victories in the ’60s. Mercury’s drag-racing credentials were just as strong. “Dyno” Don Nicholson and Ronnie Sox were just two of the top quarter-milers who piloted Mercury Comet compacts.
Stock-class Comets cleaned up at the 1964 NHRA Winternationals, and Factory Experimental Comets were among the quickest and most advanced drag cars of the day. And Mercury’s Cougar pony car was competitive in the SCCA’s wildly popular Trans Am race series

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What street cred Mercury mustered centered on the Comet Cyclone GT, which had graduated to the midsize Fairlane chassis for 1966. It used mainly Ford’s 390-cid V-8, which unfortunately was just as overmatched here as it was in the Fairlane.
Cougar had debuted for 1967 with the 390 as its biggest available engine and then upped its firepower for ’68 with the Cougar GT-E, which came with a 390-bhp 427. The hottest Cougars and Cyclones soon adopted the new 428 Cobra Jet, and as the engine became Ford’s flagship performance mill, late-’60s ads read “Lincoln-Mercury’s zip code: CJ428.”
By 1969, performance Mercurys were available with most of the bright colors, stripes, and body addenda that had become routine markers of American muscle. The 1969 and ’70 Cougar Eliminator featured a stand-up rear-deck spoiler, prominent side stripes, and bright “Grabber” colors. It backed up its bold looks with the full slate of Ford performance V-8s, from the 290-bhp Boss 302 to the 335-bhp 428 CJ.
Mercury also fielded the Cyclone Spoiler and Spoiler II in 1969, complete with special-trim editions in the colors of racers Cale Yarborough and Dan Gurney.
Mercury’s largest-displacement performance engine was Ford’s familiar 370-bhp 429-cid Cobra Jet, introduced for 1970. The 1970 Cyclone Spoiler in which it appeared finally had distinct styling from that of the Ford Torino

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. With a full compliment of muscle hardware as standard equipment, this was best volume-production Mercury muscle car of the period, good for mid-14-seconds in the quarter-mile.
For those who couldn’t afford the Spoiler, the Cyclone GT was Mercury’s lower-priced alternative, with a 351 V-8 standard and the 429 optional.
When high performance fell out of fashion after 1971, Mercury wasted no time folding up its muscle-car tent. The division embraced the faux-luxury persona that swept Detroit in the 1970s. That may have pained the few buyers who looked to Mercury for a different-drummer sort of muscle car, but it really signaled a return to the marque’s traditional mission.
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Are you embarrassing your teen?

The simple answer is yes

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One of the things teens find most embarrassing is displays of affection. Boys in particular tend to be mortified if anyone (meaning their peers) should see you hugging or kissing them — or worse, expecting them to kiss you! They want their friends to see them as independent and grown-up, not “babies” whose parents look after them. For the same reason, they’ll often ask you not to drop them off or pick them up right in front of school/a party/a game/a friend’s house. On the other hand, offering to drive your teen and his or her friends to where they want to be can earn you gratitude from your child — so long as you’re not seen or heard.
Teens are often embarrassed by how their parents look — what they wear, what car they drive. They see themselves as part of a new generation with different concepts of style and fashion, and they don’t want to be associated with someone as old-fashioned and uncool as you. On the other hand, teens don’t usually want their parents to be too up-to-date. You really don’t belong to their generation and they won’t want you barging in on their territory.
Anything that draws attention to you in public is likely to make your teen cringe: singing out loud, dancing in public, any show of romantic interest between you and your partner. Teens tend to imagine that they are under scrutiny at all times, and that they are being judged on not only their own behavior, but also that of anyone connected to them.
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