Bad Toys for Bad Boys!

209734_157373584323897_319226_oTired of shopping with the little lady at all those frilly girly stores?

Don’t you just hate standing around holding her purse and looking like a fool?

Then come to Bad Toys for Bad Boys and find all the bad-assed gear you want, need and deserve! You wont find pot-pourri anything here! Just good old fashioned toys that builds testosterone and puts hair on your… chest!

Located just outside Spring Valley, OH on Jackson Pike, next door to Day Dreams and Night Things and Bridgeport Equipment.


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Tough Mudder Boot Camp Training | Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder Boot Camp Training

Tough Mudder Boot Camp combines resistance training with high-intensity cardiovascular exercises to prepare you for the challenges you’ll face on a Tough Mudder course. This program delivers an intense mix of cardio and strength training in what some folks call “circuit training.” We call it Boot Camp. The program is entirely flexible and can be tailored to the time you have available and your level of fitness.

3 steps to Tough Mudder Boot Camp success

  1. Identify your fitness level: Mudderling, Maybe Mudder℠, or Tough Mudder
  2. Follow our recommended boot camp structures below (or make up your own combo of cardio/exercises)
  3. Repeat 3-5 times per week

Check out the full Camp on their website.

Tough Mudder Boot Camp Training | Tough Mudder.

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Flashlight Self Defense Techniques

surefireFor most people the flashlight is, more than often, an overlooked tool for self defense, even though it is standard for law enforcement, security and military personnel to carry. 50% of our day, more or less, takes place between dusk and dawn and according to the FBI more than 74% of all violent crimes occur during darkness or in places of dim light. Carrying conventional weapons, including large knives, batons and guns, is illegal for civilians in many states without a permit. Being legal everywhere, flashlights can be taken into places like movie theaters or airplanes where guns are banned, and are great for people who live in countries with strict weapons laws, but who still want to carry something for personal defense. The flashlight is an excellent item for anyone to carry, as it offers several techniques for personal protection.

 

Awareness and Prevention

Prevention is your first defense. A powerful flashlight will promote active awareness of your surroundings and possible threats. Use your flashlight in low-light situations to illuminate dark corners and potential areas where a surprise attack can happen. By doing this, you are taking the advantage of surprise away from an attacker, as well as showing potentially hostile people that you don’t have the mindset of a victim.

 

Blinding

Using a bright light in an assailants eyes at night can cause them temporary visual impairment. This is not a long-lasting effect, but it can be life-saving in the crucial first seconds of a surprise attack. This allows you to get the upper hand, giving you the opportunity to remove yourself from the situation or to strike back if needed. Keep in mind that the blinding light is also a beacon for your position. Keep your light focused on your attacker’s eyes and move to the right and left, not just backward. You can also hold the flashlight out to the side, while still in the attackers eyes, as a diversion in case he decides to charge you.

 

Striking

A flashlight, small or large, provides a hard striking surface to use during a confrontation. Small flashlights are held in the fist with the end used as a striking implement. A large flashlight can be used to jab or can be wielded as a baton in a swinging motion. Some flashlights also feature a toothed bezel for striking. The filament bulb in an incandescent flashlight can be broken easily when shocked or dropped. Therefore, use an LED flashlight for durability.

 

Which Flashlight Is the Best Flashlight in Tactical Situations?

So a tactical flashlight is a great self-defense tool. Which one should you get? There are literally hundreds of different models on the market. The one you choose will typically come down to your budget and personal preference. But here are a few things you should look for when selecting a tactical flashlight for everyday carry:

  • Size. You want something small enough to carry in your pocket every day. Your flashlight should be no bigger than the size of your palm.
  • Brightness. For a flashlight to be an effective self-defense tool, it needs to be bright enough to disorient attackers. Anything less than 120 lumens just won’t get the job done.
  • Durability and strength. You want a flashlight that will work in ALL situations. Get a flashlight that’s waterproof so it will work even in the rain or other wet conditions. Your flashlight will likely see a lot of action, so get something that will withstand the use. Look for one made from hard anodized aluminum. It’s a tough, yet light metal. Also, make sure the metal on the flashlight is machined so that it’s easy to grip. You don’t want to drop your flashlight when you need it most.

 Warning

Striking someone with a flashlight can be lethal. Weapons of all sorts must be used with great discretion. The legal ramifications of striking an unarmed person with a weapon can include being charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Learn your local use-of-force laws and keep in mind that any potential weapon that you carry or use can also be used against you. Resorting to force in a confrontation should always be your last resort, and only when you are at risk of being harmed.

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Treating Venomous Spider Bites

Venomous spiders found in the United States include the black widow, brown recluse, and hobo spiders. Spiders are usually not aggressive and most bites occur because a spider is trapped or unintentionally contacted. It is important for people to educate themselves about risk of exposure to venomous spiders, how they can prevent and protect themselves from spider bites, and what they should do if they are bitten.

Types of Venomous Spiders

  • Black Widows

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Photos courtesy of Ohio State University and University of Missouri

Black widow spiders are found throughout North America, but are most common in the southern and western areas of the United States. They are identified by the pattern of red coloration on the underside of their abdomen. They are usually found in places containing undisturbed areas such as woodpiles, under eaves, fences, and other areas where debris has accumulated. They may also be found living in outdoor toilets where flies are plentiful.

Black widow spiders build webs between objects, and bites usually occur when humans come into direct contact with these webs. A bite from a black widow can be distinguished from other insect bites by the two puncture marks it makes in the skin. The venom is a neurotoxin that produces pain at the bite area and then spreads to the chest, abdomen, or the entire body.

  • Brown Recluse Spiders

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Photos courtesy of Ohio State University and Texas A&M

The brown recluse spider, also known as the violin spider, is most commonly found in the Midwestern and southern states of the United States. It is brown in color with a characteristic dark violin-shaped (or fiddle-shaped) marking on its head and has six equal-sized eyes (most spiders have eight eyes). Brown recluse spiders are usually found in secluded, dry, sheltered areas such as underneath structures logs, or in piles of rocks or leaves. If a brown recluse spider wanders indoors, they may be found in dark closets, shoes, or attics.

The brown recluse spider cannot bite humans without some form of counter pressure, for example, through unintentional contact that traps the spider against the skin. Bites may cause a stinging sensation with localized pain. A small white blister usually develops at the site of the bite. The venom of a brown recluse can cause a severe lesion by destroying skin tissue (skin necrosis). This skin lesion will require professional medical attention.

  • Hobo Spiders

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Photos courtesy of Washington State University

The hobo spider is found throughout the Pacific Northwest. It is large and brown with a distinct pattern of yellow markings on its abdomen. Unlike many other similar looking spiders, hobo spiders do not have dark bands on their legs. To catch their prey, hobo spiders build funnel webs in holes, cracks, and recesses. They may be found in outdoor areas with retaining walls, and in foundations, window wells, and stacks of firewood and bricks. Indoors, they can nest between boxes or other storage items, on window sills, under baseboard heaters or radiators, behind furniture, and in closets. Hobo spiders do not climb like most spiders but are fast runners. These spiders are much more likely to attack if provoked or threatened. The bite of a hobo spider may go unnoticed; however a moderate to severe, slow-healing wound will develop.

Symptoms

Symptoms associated with spider bites can vary from minor to severe. Although extremely rare, death can occur in the most severe cases. Possible symptoms resulting from a spider bite include the following:

  • Itching or rash
  • Pain radiating from the site of the bite
  • Muscle pain or cramping
  • Reddish to purplish color or blister
  • Increased sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • High blood pressure

You can take the following preventive steps:

  • Inspect or shake out any clothing, shoes, towels, or equipment before use.
  • Wear protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, hat, gloves, and boots when handling stacked or undisturbed piles of materials.
  • Minimize the empty spaces between stacked materials.
  • Remove and reduce debris and rubble from around the outdoor work areas.
  • Trim or eliminate tall grasses from around outdoor work areas.
  • Store apparel and outdoor equipment in tightly closed plastic bags.
  • Keep your tetanus boosters up-to-date (every 10 years). Spider bites can become infected with tetanus spores.

First Aid

You should take the following steps if bitten by a spider:

  • Stay calm. Identify the type of spider if it is possible to do so safely. Identification will aid in medical treatment.
  • Wash the bite area with soap and water.
  • Apply a cloth dampened with cold water or filled with ice to the bite area to reduce swelling.
  • Elevate bite area if possible.
  • Do not attempt to remove venom.
  • Immediately seek professional medical attention.

Emergency First Aid

If there is no way of making it to a hospital or trained professional, you can treat the area with powdered charcoal. It is best to pile a small amount directly on the wound to draw the venom out and cover it for as long as possible.

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Danica Patrick wins pole for NASCAR’s Daytona 500

Danica-Patrick-7Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR’s premier circuit.

Jeff Gordon, who could only wish he was this pretty… on the track and posted the second-fastest lap, complimented Patrick on her achievement.

“We all know how popular she is and what this will do for our sport,” Gordon said. “I’ve always been a believer in what’s good for the sport is good for all of us. I’m proud to be on the front row with Danica.”

Full AP Article

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Do you have what it takes to be one Tough Mudder?

2011-Tough-Mudder-Tri-State-Saturday-Gudkov-1880Think you have what it takes to compete in a real sporting event?

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, 700,000 inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

This will probably be one of the hardest things you will ever attempt and, if you are one of the few who complete the whole course, will be one of the most rewarding accomplishments you will have achieved in your life.

Come join 10,000 other hardcore and bad-ass men and women and earn your place amongst the few who can call themselves Tough Mudders!

Events around our area for 2013:

  • Mansfield Ohio: Sat Apr 27 & Sun Apr 28, 2013
  • Kentucky: Sat Oct 19 & Sun Oct 20, 2013

For more information you can check them out on the web at

Leave us a comment and let us know if you are a Tough Mudder and share your stories of your ascension into Badasshood.

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Holy Crap it’s the 15th!!

RingOK, so you missed Valentines Day… again… for the third straight year.

Relax! We got this covered. You can always come into Bad Toys for Bad Boys or Day Dreams and Night Things and buy that special someone something special and tell them it was a special order that just came in.

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What the fans really want.

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Personally I don’t think it matters too much about the new cars for 2013. As long as they can still make a left turn and our favorite drivers are still driving them.

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T.O.P.S.

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One pair that would be hard to beat.

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Eave Spout Water System

553307_452609358139254_657371840_nBesides shelter, water is the most important resource for survival and rain is the ultimate source of fresh, pure water.

There is a growing water crisis developing, both here in the U.S. and around the world, as aquifers and reservoirs are being depleted faster than they can be replenished. Today, drought conditions persist in southern and southwestern regions of the US. Whether you live in an arid climate or not, a water crisis may come as a result of a disaster, grid collapse or economic breakdown, so procuring and storing clean water through rainwater harvesting is essential for self reliance.

Rain water harvesting is a system by which, the rainwater that collects on the roofs and the area around the buildings is directed into open wells through a filter tank or into a percolation chamber, built specifically for this purpose. Rainwater is collected directly or recharged into the ground to improve ground water storage. Some states have restrictive regulations against harvesting rainwater.  While the claim that even the water in the sky belongs to the state may be draconian and oppressive, you should check your state’s mandates regarding water rights and rain collection.

Tips to keep your rainwater from stagnating

  1. Use your rainwater as often as possible to keep it from stagnating. Empty your barrel every 10 days, if possible, to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, which takes about 10 days, if you cannot seal out mosquitoes.
  2. Use a dark colored, food-grade barrel that is approved for liquids. Keep as much sunlight as possible off the barrel to prevent growth of algae or bacteria.
  3. Cover your barrel with a tight-fitting top. Keep organic matter, such as leaves and twigs, out of the water by using a fine screen at the end of the downspout that feeds your barrel from your gutters to discourage decay of matter in the stored water.
  4. Clean your gutters and roof regularly. Keep the catchment area for your rain barrel free of organic matter and debris.
  5. Add to your barrel non-toxic mosquito dunks, which release a biological agent into the water that is toxic to mosquito larvae but safe to use on your garden, landscaping or even for watering animals.
  6. Clean rain barrels regularly using vinegar, which will kill much of the contamination in the barrel but is not harmful to your garden or animals.
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