Showing posts with label free stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free stuff. Show all posts

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Free Sluprees FROM 7-11 ON 7-11

The famous Slurpee turned 44 years old in June. Actually it’s been around in other forms even longer, sometimes referred to as a slushy or some similar name.

But in 1965, 7-11 bought a machine that made frozen beverages from its inventor, Omar Knedlik and two years later began selling the concoction as the Slurpee. The name allegedly comes from the sound people made while drinking them.

To mark the anniversary, participating 7-11 stores will be giving away free Slurpees in 7.11 ounce cups between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Some healthcare professionals say that people should keep in mind while enjoying cold treats to beware of “spenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.” The better-known term is, a “brain freeze.”

Here’s what that’s about, according to “When cold stuff (like popsicles, ice cream or slushies) touches the roof of your mouth it can set off a nerve reaction (in the spheno-palantine ganglion, to be precise), that causes the blood vessels in your brain to swell. When the blood vessels swell, you get a headache. The headache usually lasts less than a minute.

“How can you make the headache go away? The key is to warm the roof of your mouth back up, thereby constricting (narrowing) the blood vessels. The easiest thing to do is to press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. You can also try drinking warm water. In the future, try to eat your frozen treats slowly and give yourself breaks between bites to let your mouth warm up.”

(I think we can all relate to the "brain freeze")

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Free Cell Phone Plans To Those Who Qualify

Assurance Wireless, a division of Virgin Mobile, launched a service yesterday that provides a free cellphone and 200 free monthly minutes to qualifying low-income Maryland residents, the company said.

Assurance is able to offer the free service because it obtains a per-customer subsidy through a federal program whose goal is to improve land-line and wireless phone access. Customers who exceed the 200-minute allowance have to pay for subsequent service at 10 cents per minute.

The subsidy comes from the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund, which supports a program called Lifeline. The program helps provide for telephone access in under-served areas across the United States.

Assurance is the second company in six months to offer low-income residents with free cellphone plans in Maryland. In November, TracFone Wireless Inc. announced they would give free cell phones and 64 free minutes a month to eligible low-income customers in Maryland through its service, Safelink Wireless.

Customers eligibile for the cell phone programs typically have to be participating in a federal program, such as Medicaid, food stamps, public housing, or they may qualify based on low income. Potential customers can call 800-395-2171 or visit on the Internet.