My suite-mate, Andrew, uses his hand to measure the water level needed for our rice cooker. Instead of visually guesstimating or busting out a ruler, he flattens his hand over the rice to get an accurate and consistent measurement. He measured water depth with his hand, but we can use them to get a variety of different measurements:
Become a Ruler
You can “calibrate” your body to become a ruler by measuring and recording the lengths and widths of your fingers, palm, wrist, hand, arms, legs, and feet. This would be incredibly useful for people such as cooks, designers, painters, tailors, and anyone else who need to make frequent measurements and don’t want to rely on a ruler.
Jessie Price, Deputy Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine, covered more hand measurements in a Yahoo! article, ”Use your hands. If you’re not near a measuring cup, scale or spoons, use your hands to estimate portions: 1 teaspoon equals the tip of your thumb, 1 tablespoon equals your whole thumb, 1 cup equals your fist and 3 ounces of meat (which is an appropriate serving size) is the size of the palm of your hand.”
The A-Ok symbol is a way to visually indicate that something is fine, okay, or just right. Typically, this symbol will be used as a form of evaluation or review. For example, if you ask a boss or supervisor how a certain design or document layout looks, they might save some time and give you the “A-Ok” symbol instead of a drawn out explanation. Or maybe you’re trying to fix a car problem and you need a way to show your buddy sitting in the driver seat that everything looks good, but you can’t hear anything over the roaring engine.
Pretty self-explanatory stuff. On the other hand, this symbol means much more offensive things in places such as Venezuela, Turkey, and Brazil, so be careful how and where you use it.
We expose our hands to risky situations every single day. We touch surfaces that could be crawling with the next headline-bursting disease. We forget how sharp knives are. Sometimes, we just can’t handle the heat.
This is a picture of my friend who got a pretty bad burn, second-degree on that one finger, because of an unfortunate case of “that pan you want to move just occupied a 400 degree oven” mishap. To avoid kitchen danger, hover your hand near surfaces to check for any radiating heat. Of course, that isn’t very realistic, so it’s always best to be prepared for an accident.
If you get a minor burn, follow these steps:
Run, or immerse, your hand under cool water for 10 – 15 minutes or put a cool compress on it. Just don’t use ice.
Cover the burn with sterile gauze bandage.
Take a pain reliever if needed.
For more serious burns, check out the Mayo Clinic. Even if this info isn’t immediately relevant to you, it’s always great to have the knowledge for if/when the time comes. Let’s keep our hands safe so we can Hand It in happiness.