7 Glasses of Justice



Summer is on its hot and sticky way to us, and you know what that means: ice cream by the pool, suntans (or sunburns) at the beach, Avengers: Age of Ultron (because who isn’t, like, totally excited for that?) and, of course, lots and lots of water. Like, so much water. More than the recommended eight glasses a day. Plus there’s all the beach trips, pool visits, sprinkler-jumping, super-soakers, yada yada yada.


Speaking of superheroes, wouldn’t the summer be a lot cooler if you had your own water powers? Considering how much water we use during the hotter months, it’d definitely make things a lot easier. Imagine it. What if you could generate and manipulate the essence of life? Imagine having the ability to control 60 percent of the human body and 70 percent of the entire world! Wouldn’t that be, like, totally sick?


So, why does nobody get excited about Aquaman? People won’t shut up about Batman, but they forget about Namora. People love chatting about Wolverine and how angry and brooding he is, but Frozone gets no love. And who would you rather have as the CEO of a water charity: Spider-Man or Namor, the Sub-Mariner?


I think it’s about time to educate all of you. So, here are the eight best water superheroes, seven glasses of justice.


7. Frozone


Lucius Best, played by Samuel L. Jackson in The Incredibles, is Mr. Incredible’s best friend and occasional crime-fighting partner. Similar to Iceman, but also totally not, Frozone has the ability to freeze water, including moisture in the air, or even his own body.


6. Namora


Namora is a superhero from the Marvel Comics Universe, specifically Atlantis, and is the cousin of Namor the Sub-Mariner (we’ll get to him later). She was born of an Atlantean father and a human mother, possesses super-strength, can swim at super speeds, has the ability to breathe above and below water and has super cool wing-like appendages on her ankles, giving her the power of flight.


5. Storm


One of the more popular X-Men thanks in part to Halle Berry, Ororo Munroe —or Storm —is one of Marvel Universe’s sickest heroes. Storm has the ability to manipulate the weather to any extreme she wills. How does this relate to water? Get her near the ocean or a large body of water, and you’ll have yourselves typhoons, whirlpools and hurricanes, all of which are guaranteed (at the very least) to get you very, very wet.


4. Iceman


One of the founding members of the X-Men, Bobby Drake, or Iceman, is a mutant with cryokinesis, or the ability to freeze anything around him, including transforming his body into ice. Being one of the original X-Men, Iceman has had his share in many of their battles, becoming increasingly powerful as their story continues.


3. Namor, the Sub-Mariner


Namor is a superhero, sometimes antihero, who appears in the Marvel Universe. Namor is the child of a human sea captain and an Atlantean princess. Namor possesses super-strength, flight and all sorts of aquatic abilities. He has served with superhero teams such as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Avengers.


2. Aquaman


Arthur Curry, better known as Aquaman, is arguably the most recognizable sea hero ever. Easily spotted by his orange torso and green leggings, Aquaman steals the scene with his enhanced strength, swimming talent, healing power, agility and the ability to telecommunicate with and manipulate all undersea life. With an army of sea creatures at his disposal, Aquaman is a tough one to beat.


1. Katara


While she’s not actually a comic book character, she’s a true hero. Katara is a main character in Nickelodeon’s animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and is a waterbender. In the Avatar world, there are people who have the ability to bend the four main elements: water, earth, wind and fire. Katara is a waterbender, which means she has the ability to control water, ice, and, with strict concentration, even blood. She can create water whips and giant waves. If it’s wet, Katara can make it do anything she likes.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: The Facts


Ahhh, springtime. A season full of warm weather and outdoor adventure. Of course, before we can bask in the sunlight, we’ve got to storm through that April rain. We’ve all heard the short poem — you know, the one about April showers? But what most of us haven’t heard are the facts. So here they are: five facts behind the age-old rhyme April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Rain or Shine:

As it turns out, most flowering has more to do with temperature than rainfall. In fact, a paper in the PLOS ONE Journal found that the recent record-breaking temperatures resulted in an earlier blooming season! 

The Roots:

The poem Sweet April showers, do Spring May flowers was found in the April section of Thomas Tusser’s book, “Five Hundred Good Points of Husbandry,” from the mid-1500s. Sure, the way we say the rhyme has changed over time, but the meaning behind it (both literal and figurative) is still as right as rain!

A Deeper Meaning:

“April showers bring May flowers,” reminds us all that even the most unpleasant of things — in this case the heavy April rain can result in a positive outcome. So keep your eyes peeled for that metaphorical silver lining; there’s a bright side to everything.

Poem Pop Culture:

The rhyme has had a sizeable impact on pop culture throughout the years songs, movies, and even longer poems all rooting from that one iconic line. Most notably is Abe Lyman’s 1935 song March Winds and April Showers. If you don’t feel like giving the song a listen now, you could always save it for a rainy day!

The Cause:

Behind every poem is factual science, right? Okay, so that might not always be true, but in this case it is! So why exactly does it rain so much in April? One of the major causes is the position of the jet stream in early spring. As it moves further north, heavy rain and wind are brought in from the Atlantic.

Whether you're getting ready for those sunny Texas summers, prepping for hikes through the beautiful Illinois woods or counting down the days until you can head to the Jersey shore, enjoy some downpour downtime. After all, the flower show is less than a month away.

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