The Evening Post: Jimmy Fallon, Adele And The Roots Sing Hello With Classroom Instruments

Geek Alabama Evening Post

Tonight, I am featuring another Jimmy Fallon video with The Roots where they do a song with only instruments you find in a classroom.  This time, they have Adele performing her new song called “Hello”, only on classroom instruments, enjoy!

Keep Your Pets Safe With These Thanksgiving Pet / Animal Tips


UPDATE: This post is written by Joey Kennedy for Animal Advocates Of Alabama.  Learn more at:

Often, we think of Halloween as a bad time for pets. Lots of people coming to the door; the danger of candy and chocolate, if our pets get to it. Wrappers and sticks in suckers. We need to be vigilant at Halloween, but Halloween is nothing compared to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Be careful your best friend doesn't indulge too much on Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic)

Be careful your best friend doesn’t indulge too much on Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic)

Like Halloween, we have lots of people coming to the door on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and that can upset our dogs (and to a lesser extent, our cats). The big worry on these days, however, is the food. It’s out there in abundance, and we often share with our dogs, because, well, we’re thankful we have them.

Be thankful, but don’t share. Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic sent out a warning email this week about Thanksgiving. We reprint it here so folks will know the dangers of Thanksgiving to their companion animals. Thanks, Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic. We’re especially thankful for you!

Pet safety tips for the Thanksgiving Holiday:

It’s that time of year again when there is always, always something to be thankful for, whether it be your family and friends joining together for a delicious feast or simply kicking back with a brew and enjoying a football game. While all of the commotion, decadence, and libations are being shared with gratitude, we would like for you to be aware of your pets’ health and safety. Below is a list of tips on how you can safely share this Thanksgiving holiday with your pets.

  • Watch out for fatty foods: Too much unfamiliar, fatty, or rich foods can give your pets two very painful and harmful medical conditions: pancreatitis or gastroenteritis.
  • Maintain their regular diet and routine: Making sure your pet stays on their regular meal and exercise plan will prevent them from getting upset stomach, diarrhea and/ or vomiting. This means avoid giving them too many leftovers.
  • No bones about it: Save those bones for making a tasty broth. Giving your pet bones can obstruct or lacerate their insides.
  • Keep them onion free: Many yummy dishes contain onions or onion powder. Treating your pet to these dishes can lead to anemia by destroying their red blood cells.
  • No chocolate at all: Keep those sweets well out of reach from your pet, as the chocolate desserts can be fatal to them.
  • Be aware of other unhealthy foods: Alcohol, Sage, Bread Dough, Grapes, Raisins, Turkey Skins, Turkey Drippings, Meat Fat, Gravy, Garlic, Mushrooms, Nuts, Nutmeg, Corn on the Cob, Artificial Sweetener.
  • Here are foods they can have a small nibble of: Boneless/Skinless Turkey, Boneless/Fatless Ham, Plain Apples, Plain Pumpkin, Plain Carrots, Sweet Potatoes (No Candied Yams), Green Beans.
  • Watch out for food wrappings: Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, turkey twine, etc., can cause internal obstruction. Keep it out of reach or place it securely in the trash.
  • Make sure the water bowl stays full: Distracted guests may accidentally bump water out of the water bowl, or your pet may need to wash down a piece of ham. Whatever the case, make sure they have fresh water available to them.
  • Give them time for peace: A lot of commotion can stress out some pets. Be aware of how your pet is taking all of the excitement. Let them have a moment of tranquility and rest.
  • Keep a watchful eye on the garbage: Cats and dogs smell the mouthwatering aroma from the garbage and cannot help but to rummage. Little do they know is that this jackpot can be a gastric nightmare. Make sure your trashcan has a lid and it is tightly fastened.

Veterinarians have told us that post-Thanksgiving trips to the doctor are too common. They get upset stomachs or worse: pancreatitis. Be thankful you have a great companion animal, but don’t be so thankful you do something that seems kind but that makes them sick.

Have A Safe Thanksgiving With These Great Tips


UPDATE: This post is written by Carla Davis for Alabama NewsCenter.  Learn more at:

On Thanksgiving, many people will be spending hours in the kitchen, preparing the biggest meal of the year. It’s often the only time that many of those family favorites – especially the turkey – are on the menu.

It’s important to keep these safety tips in mind while preparing that family feast:

  • Keep work surfaces clean. Wash utensils, hands and sinks after handling raw food.
  • Carefully thaw the turkey. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends keeping a turkey in the refrigerator in its original wrapping in a pan or tray that can catch any juices that may drip as the bird thaws.
  • Use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils when handling raw turkey to avoid cross-contamination. Wash items that have touched raw meat with warm water and soap, or place them in a dishwasher.
  • Cook the turkey until it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the turkey’s temperature by inserting a food thermometer in three places: the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the thigh and the innermost part of the wing.
  • Avoid putting too many pots and pans on the stove, which could lead to a grease fire.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Ensure they are out of the reach of children.
  • Don’t try to extinguish a grease fire by dousing it with water, which will cause the flames to spread or flare. Turn off the burner, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by placing a lid onto the pot or pan. Keep the lid on the pan until it is cool.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher near the stove and know how to use it before an emergency occurs.
  • If there is an oven fire, immediately turn off the heat and keep the range door shut to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking and keep long hair tied back. Loose clothing can be a fire hazard if it touches a hot burner.
  • Don’t leave food unattended while it is being cooked. Fires often occur when no one is watching a pot or pan.

Preserving Leftovers

For some people, leftovers are the best part of the holiday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends these steps to help preserve leftover Thanksgiving dishes:

  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours to prevent bacteria from growing on the food.
  • Store leftovers in shallow pans or containers to prevent the food from spending too much time at unsafe temperatures (from 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Avoid eating leftovers that have remained in the refrigerator for longer than 3 or 4 days. To keep them for longer periods, store leftovers in the freezer.
  • Place leftovers in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs if the food is traveling home with a guest who lives more than two hours away.

For more information, visit With questions about safely cooking the thanksgiving bird, call the USDA Food and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

YouTube Spotlight: Astey Highways

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This is YouTube Spotlight, where each week I highlight a YouTube channel that you should be following! This week, I am promoting the YouTube channel astey highways.

Astey Highways does time-lapse road videos of the road infrastructure in Italy, Switzerland, and France.  The channel features plenty of road videos and plenty of autostradas, autoroutes, and autobahns.  Their most popular video is a Paris video featuring La Defense.

Another popular video is the A10 Italy / A8 France around Monaco.

Another popular video is the A2 heading towards the Gotthard Tunnel.

A recent video is the A35 in Italy.

Another recent video is the recently opened A58 Tangenziale East around Milano.

If you enjoy time lapse road videos of Italy, France, and Switzerland, than astey highways is for you!  Learn more and subscribe at:

See How You Can Make A Cheeseburger Cake That’s All Sweet


So you want to have a cheeseburger, without cooking up the meat, but instead using flour and sugar?  Well, you can thanks to the YouTube channel How To Cake It and Yolanda Gampp.  Watch below to see her bake the cake with vanilla cake for the bun, chocolate for the burger patties, buttercream for the mustard and candy for the relish.  And Gampp also made a side of sugar cookie fries with ketchup also made out of buttercream.  Enjoy!