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You know, the weather gets more extreme. Hot and dry enough to cause wild fires in the summer even in Scandinavian countries, and cold enough for Arctic Expeditions to be canceled because of too much ice. Out of the two extremes, I think after this summer we had, which ravaged pretty much the entire northern hemisphere, talking about how to beat the summer heat might be a good idea. I'm going to try and give you some advice on how to stay cool and how to behave to withstand the weather while also keeping the environment happy.

Drinking
Drinking is important, more during high temperatures. You need to keep your water-and minerals up to prevent circulatory collapses. An average adult needs around one and a half liters per day, during summer this goes up to three- if you just sit around and sweat.
Water is the most important source of, well, water. You don't need to pay a lot of money either- straight out of the tap is acceptable in most countries. Carbonated beverages don't quench the thirst very well. If any, they only make thirstier (at least it often looks that way). Fruit Juices are out of the question too because of their high acid count. Sweet drinks are out as well, sugar only triggers the addiction center in the brain. Same goes for Energy Drinks too, by the way. Coffee is not suited either, as caffeine is suspected to dehydrate, and most certainly raises the blood pressure, might even heat up the body because of the increased metabolic rate. Drinking Tea is depending on the kind you drink. Fruit or herbal teas are suited, while black tea counts like coffee. Spirits should be avoided for hydration- alcohol dehydrates more than the meager water count hydrates; but the same does not apply to Beer, with its high nutrient content. In fact, beer and water are probably the most suited drinks for summer- especially if you have to work in hot areas, beer is better for you than water is.
Cold drinks have an adverse effect, though, as strange as it sounds. Because of the low temperature of the drink, the body will immediately heat up to prevent freezing. Exactly the opposite of what we actually wanted to achieve. Lukewarm or even hot drinks are much better for actually cooling down than cold drinks. Sounds weird, but is true.
So keep hydrated out there.

Eating
Eating supplies the system with energy, which is mostly used up for keeping the temperature up anyways. During hot times it is completely acceptable to not eat or eat only very little. Try to keep to light meals like rice, lean meat, soup- they need less energy for digesting and that in turn, won't fire up the metabolism and heat up the body. Also, don't forget to ingest salty meals- first of you will be forced to drink more; and second, your mineral balance won't get out of whack so easily.

Dressing
Dressing right is a key element for beating the summer heat. The key point is to allow the heat produced by our bodies to escape, while also offering air to circulate and evaporate the sweat to cool the system. Summer clothes should be made of light material that ideally is able to absorb the sweat- cotton and thin wool are ideal for this. Also, take care your clothes are loose for air circulation. Keeping your arms uncovered is already helpful in cooling down your body, as is exposing your legs. In short, make sure major blood vessels (calves, arms, neck) are exposed, so the heat can escape easier.
Also, dark colors hide sweat stains more readily and look good in every combination, but also absorb infrared energy more readily, so you'll get hot quicker when wearing dark colors. Brighter colors are better suited for summer, or at least brighter colors along your torso to reduce the area the solar radiation can be absorbed.

Keeping your cool
Eating, drinking and dressing are more or less passive choices you can make to avoid cooking yourself. There are some ways to keep cool even during the hottest time of the day, though.
Physical work should be planned during the morning hours, when it is the coldest, to avoid the heat that is greatest during the afternoon. If you work a job where this is not possible, try to stick to the shade as much as possible. If that is impossible, drink water or beer, and wear hats that shade your head and neck to avoid sunburns and direct sun contact with your head.
Water is helpful, not only for drinking, but also cooling down. Make sure to wet down your calves with a rag from time to time, as the evaporating water drains heat energy directly from your system, and your calves have a large amount of blood vessels. If you want, you can also put a wet rag in the back of your neck, let the water cool your brain directly. Alternatively, you could dunk your feet in a large bowl of water.
Cold Showers are a no-go, however. Not only could a sudden drop in temperature collapse your circulatory system, but when your body cools down too quickly, it will frantically increase the metabolism to heat itself- and in the end you'll only sweat more. Shower down with luke-warm water, and keep your skin damp. In many southern lands it is common to wash your head and leave the hair wet- keeping a cold head figuratively.
Electrical fans are pretty useless in terms of actually cooling your body down, but they do move the air. Air in motion helps evaporating the sweat, so you'll have at least the illusion that it gets cooler. Be aware though- sitting directly in the draft of your fan might cause your neck to stiffen and it hurts.

Sleeping
Sleeping, Oh God, sleeping is a torture during summer. I can relate. What you might want to do is to remove the sheets from your blanket and just use the sheets for cover. Sleeping completely without cover is okay too, unless you want to sleep naked- then the answer is put on some clothes, because even during summer your body could lose too much heat in the night, plus no pjs means nothing to absorb the sweat with, leaving you sticky and sore in the morning.
Additionally, there are covers made of bamboo plates you can put on your matresses. The cool surface helps you falling asleep. Check it out.

Cooling your house/apartment/whatever you live in
I will say it only once here- I am German. I live in Germany, where hot summers are technically the exception. I can't really tell how American summers are or how to behave over there, but I can give you a few hints, I hope.
ACs are my personal nemesis. Dry air, scratchy throat, stiff neck- up to circulatory collapse from constantly wandering out of the AC-cooled room into hot areas and back. Don't sleep with the AC running. Switch it on a few hours before going to bed so your room will have cooled down somewhat. Don't leave your AC running when you leave the house, it will have no effect for you except for an insanely high energy bill.
Open your windows. No really, open the windows during the night. If you live at the ground level, at least try to cant them open a little. The night is the only chance you'll have to leave the heat out of the building. During the day, cover the windows. The best idea would be external-mounted shutters or blinds, as they prevent the sun from getting through the glass in the first place. If you don't have those, work with the layer system- blinds, preferrably metal ones, drapes and curtains help keeping the sun from getting into the room and heat it up. The rule of the thumb is- the larger the windows and the less layers of glass they have, the more heat can get through.
Insulate your walls. Will only work if you own or build the house- the best idea is to have as thick walls as possible made of solid bricks. Old houses are cooler in the summer, simply because the heat doesn't get through. Additional insulation at the surface helps swallowing the heat without giving it off to the inside, while also keeping the heat in during the winter.
Stay in rooms that do not face South, and try not to stay directly under the roof. If you have no choice, open all windows and make sure that the air can circulate from the hot rooms into the colder ones, i.e. open and block all doors in-between.

Cars
Cars are a heat trap. Even ten minutes in full sun light can drag the temperatures uncomfortably high, and parking in the shade only slows the problem down. In fact, there had been people who put cookie dough into their cars and returned hours later to freshly-baked goods. The only way to avoid your car turning into an oven is to park them underground.
Before you start driving, open all doors and all windows to try and get some of the heat out, so you won't have to drive in those temperatures and your AC doesn't have to work too hard.
Windows are the main reason the car heats up- the larger the glass areas, the quicker it heats up. Covering them however, is a literal drop on a hot stone, since another large amount of heat gets transmitted through the chassis anyways. The color your car has also makes only little difference.
Check the cooling liquids regularly, make sure there's still enough of them or else your cooler will overheat and your engine will get damaged.
Stop and Go, like during a traffic jam or in city traffic are problematic, and downright poison for your engine if you have a start-stop-system. To cool the engine the engine and the cooler fan have to be running, so no matter what the gas prices say, you need to leave the engine idling. If not- then your best bet is to drive to the side, shut everything off and wait until your engine had cooled off by itself to avoid your cooler blowing up.
Don't leave anything inside your car that will get damaged through heat. That means food, drinks, different kinds of rubber... children and pets. Fucking don't leave anybody inside a car who can not get out by themselves. During summer you can read nearly every week that somebody accidentally left their baby inside their cars. Adult humans can't withstand the heat for very long, how are children or elderly people or animals supposed to do this instead? Heat strokes and dangerous dehydration are the result of this, or downright heat collapse to death. Don't leave anyone- human or animal- inside the car, even if they are sleeping. If you see an animal or a child inside a car at blistering heat, don't hesitate to break open the window unless you see people who might be the owners nearby- but still don't hesitate to alert them to the situation.

Gardening
Gardens are a great source of nutritions (nothing beats growing your own veggies), peace and general are a wonderful place to watch all sorts of bugs and other animals. But, like everything, your garden suffers in the heat too. Keep the needs of your garden in mind, even during a heatwave.
It is important to figure out which plants you have in your garden. Over the thumb it goes- hard and small leaves- it loves the heat and dryness; large and soft leaves hint towards such that need lots of water and shade. Which means latter one has more troubles dealing with a heatwave than the first category, and you'll need to water them more.
Watering should be done either in the very, very, very morning hours (around 4 a.m.), or in the evening hours when the sun is gone. Either has its drawbacks and advantages. Watering them in the morning means the ground has cooled down enough so the water won't evaporate before the plants can use it. It also means that the ground won't have enough time to soak it all up before the sun is up and drains it; and you have to get up early. Watering them in the evening means that the plants and ground have the entire night to soak up the water, though if the ground's too heated a large portion will evaporate before it is of any use. You can decide which way to choose, but I strongly advise against watering your garden in the noon or afternoon. As long the sun's out, too much water will evaporate and the droplets act as tiny magnifying glasses that can burn the surface they are on- i.e. the leaves and ground. Don't do it.
Also, don't mow your grass. Mowing is the worst thing you can do to your garden in the heat. Because without the grass having an adequate length, the sun burns up the ground quickly, literally baking it and rendering it unable to absorb water should it rain, turning your garden into a pond quickly. Leave your mower in the shed. Hell, sell it and get a stylish scythe or something- mowing your grass only twice per year (early summer and late autumn) means that you'll have a very colorful meadow in the summer that won't burn up so quickly and offers all sorts of animals a home. Though, realistically speaking- if it burns, short grass won't offer the flames as much food as long grass does, but if it burns you'll have other problems anyways.
Speaking of mowing- all types of gardening should only be done during the early morning hours- and reduced to a minimum. Which means that there is no great work to be done, like planting new trees or bushes- the heat will not only drive you crazy, but also destroy all the work you've done and burn the ground and plants quickly.

Pets
If humans suffer from the heat, then animals will do too, naturally. And unlike us, they can't take off their fur, so they'll bake even more than you do, even more so since most of them have only a little amount of sweat glands (with horses being about the only animals that have the same amount of sweat glands as we do). Which means, they need other ways to cool down.
They need shade to retreat to, so you'll need to offer them a place they can use during the hottest time of the day. Cold surfaces like tiles are useful for smaller animals like cats and dogs, and animals like pig require a waller, a mud-filled pool, to keep cool. Larger animals are fine with shade, but you need to make sure they still have enough to drink, and won't have to leave the shade to do so.
Shearing their fur might be helpful to avoid overheating, especially in races that have long coats, or that can't shed like poodles.
Going for walks with dogs should be avoided during the hottest times. Also, bring along enough water and/or plan in stops at lakes or rivers for your dog to jump into.
Fish usually suffer least from heat, but high temperatures mean less oxygen in the water plus possibly a flood of algae. During the summertime, it is important to install a pump or something into your pond that constantly brings in fresh oxygen for your fish. In case of fish tanks, switch off the heater and check the pump regularly, plus avoid putting your fishtank into places where the sun has direct contact.

Fire
There's only one thing to do when it is burning- get the fuck out. Don't play the hero, unless you are either a firefighter, or you are damn sure you get out unscathed.
Burning buildings are something that can happen anytime, not just during a heatwave, so I'm not going to look at that.
Wildfires, however, have apparently increased in quantity and power. The reason is pretty obvious: mankind. Like, I'm not joking- whatever's going wrong on this planet, you can be sure people had their grabby hands in it. The more ground is sealed (concrete, buildings, streets), the less water can get into the soil, the drier it becomes, the more likely it is that vegetation is replaced for dry shrubbery and the hotter the area becomes because concrete holds the heat very well and increases the temperature around as well. Additionally, wherever humans are, are sources of ignition- glass shards, cigarette butts, all the stuff. Plus, even outside of urban areas the problem persists- like through monocultured plants and trees- Point in case- the last really large forest fire near Berlin this year. 300 hectar have burnt to ashes. Pine forests gone. The main problem was- the coniferous trees. Those burn a lot better than decidous trees, and have a lot more problems with the heat at all.
So I can only suggest to never, ever live near plantations of coniferous trees (i.e. where they wouldn't grow naturally). If you visit a forest in the hottest time of the year, don't smoke, park your car outside of the forest, don't barbecue and take your entire trash with you to minimize the risk of it starting to burn.
If it burns, get the Hell out of there as fast as you can (after calling for the firefighters).

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Dovahkiin
The opposite of the Courier. The Dovahkiin. I know, I already have done a whole list of them, but this guy here's the Dovahkiin I'm talking about when I talk about the Dovahkiin in general.
Also, screw my scanner, it cut off the lower end of the sheet.
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Engineer Isaac wants to battle!
"I don't want to fight anymore. Just make it quick, will you? I just want to go home and sleep."

Another Pokémontrainer! This time it's (Space) Engineer Isaac Clarke and his team: Banette Nicolle Brennan, Unfezant Ellie Langford and Shiny!Scyther John Carver.
Isaac isn't as enthusiastic about fighting, so please just leave him be and maybe give him a beer.

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You know, the weather gets more extreme. Hot and dry enough to cause wild fires in the summer even in Scandinavian countries, and cold enough for Arctic Expeditions to be canceled because of too much ice. Out of the two extremes, I think after this summer we had, which ravaged pretty much the entire northern hemisphere, talking about how to beat the summer heat might be a good idea. I'm going to try and give you some advice on how to stay cool and how to behave to withstand the weather while also keeping the environment happy.

Drinking
Drinking is important, more during high temperatures. You need to keep your water-and minerals up to prevent circulatory collapses. An average adult needs around one and a half liters per day, during summer this goes up to three- if you just sit around and sweat.
Water is the most important source of, well, water. You don't need to pay a lot of money either- straight out of the tap is acceptable in most countries. Carbonated beverages don't quench the thirst very well. If any, they only make thirstier (at least it often looks that way). Fruit Juices are out of the question too because of their high acid count. Sweet drinks are out as well, sugar only triggers the addiction center in the brain. Same goes for Energy Drinks too, by the way. Coffee is not suited either, as caffeine is suspected to dehydrate, and most certainly raises the blood pressure, might even heat up the body because of the increased metabolic rate. Drinking Tea is depending on the kind you drink. Fruit or herbal teas are suited, while black tea counts like coffee. Spirits should be avoided for hydration- alcohol dehydrates more than the meager water count hydrates; but the same does not apply to Beer, with its high nutrient content. In fact, beer and water are probably the most suited drinks for summer- especially if you have to work in hot areas, beer is better for you than water is.
Cold drinks have an adverse effect, though, as strange as it sounds. Because of the low temperature of the drink, the body will immediately heat up to prevent freezing. Exactly the opposite of what we actually wanted to achieve. Lukewarm or even hot drinks are much better for actually cooling down than cold drinks. Sounds weird, but is true.
So keep hydrated out there.

Eating
Eating supplies the system with energy, which is mostly used up for keeping the temperature up anyways. During hot times it is completely acceptable to not eat or eat only very little. Try to keep to light meals like rice, lean meat, soup- they need less energy for digesting and that in turn, won't fire up the metabolism and heat up the body. Also, don't forget to ingest salty meals- first of you will be forced to drink more; and second, your mineral balance won't get out of whack so easily.

Dressing
Dressing right is a key element for beating the summer heat. The key point is to allow the heat produced by our bodies to escape, while also offering air to circulate and evaporate the sweat to cool the system. Summer clothes should be made of light material that ideally is able to absorb the sweat- cotton and thin wool are ideal for this. Also, take care your clothes are loose for air circulation. Keeping your arms uncovered is already helpful in cooling down your body, as is exposing your legs. In short, make sure major blood vessels (calves, arms, neck) are exposed, so the heat can escape easier.
Also, dark colors hide sweat stains more readily and look good in every combination, but also absorb infrared energy more readily, so you'll get hot quicker when wearing dark colors. Brighter colors are better suited for summer, or at least brighter colors along your torso to reduce the area the solar radiation can be absorbed.

Keeping your cool
Eating, drinking and dressing are more or less passive choices you can make to avoid cooking yourself. There are some ways to keep cool even during the hottest time of the day, though.
Physical work should be planned during the morning hours, when it is the coldest, to avoid the heat that is greatest during the afternoon. If you work a job where this is not possible, try to stick to the shade as much as possible. If that is impossible, drink water or beer, and wear hats that shade your head and neck to avoid sunburns and direct sun contact with your head.
Water is helpful, not only for drinking, but also cooling down. Make sure to wet down your calves with a rag from time to time, as the evaporating water drains heat energy directly from your system, and your calves have a large amount of blood vessels. If you want, you can also put a wet rag in the back of your neck, let the water cool your brain directly. Alternatively, you could dunk your feet in a large bowl of water.
Cold Showers are a no-go, however. Not only could a sudden drop in temperature collapse your circulatory system, but when your body cools down too quickly, it will frantically increase the metabolism to heat itself- and in the end you'll only sweat more. Shower down with luke-warm water, and keep your skin damp. In many southern lands it is common to wash your head and leave the hair wet- keeping a cold head figuratively.
Electrical fans are pretty useless in terms of actually cooling your body down, but they do move the air. Air in motion helps evaporating the sweat, so you'll have at least the illusion that it gets cooler. Be aware though- sitting directly in the draft of your fan might cause your neck to stiffen and it hurts.

Sleeping
Sleeping, Oh God, sleeping is a torture during summer. I can relate. What you might want to do is to remove the sheets from your blanket and just use the sheets for cover. Sleeping completely without cover is okay too, unless you want to sleep naked- then the answer is put on some clothes, because even during summer your body could lose too much heat in the night, plus no pjs means nothing to absorb the sweat with, leaving you sticky and sore in the morning.
Additionally, there are covers made of bamboo plates you can put on your matresses. The cool surface helps you falling asleep. Check it out.

Cooling your house/apartment/whatever you live in
I will say it only once here- I am German. I live in Germany, where hot summers are technically the exception. I can't really tell how American summers are or how to behave over there, but I can give you a few hints, I hope.
ACs are my personal nemesis. Dry air, scratchy throat, stiff neck- up to circulatory collapse from constantly wandering out of the AC-cooled room into hot areas and back. Don't sleep with the AC running. Switch it on a few hours before going to bed so your room will have cooled down somewhat. Don't leave your AC running when you leave the house, it will have no effect for you except for an insanely high energy bill.
Open your windows. No really, open the windows during the night. If you live at the ground level, at least try to cant them open a little. The night is the only chance you'll have to leave the heat out of the building. During the day, cover the windows. The best idea would be external-mounted shutters or blinds, as they prevent the sun from getting through the glass in the first place. If you don't have those, work with the layer system- blinds, preferrably metal ones, drapes and curtains help keeping the sun from getting into the room and heat it up. The rule of the thumb is- the larger the windows and the less layers of glass they have, the more heat can get through.
Insulate your walls. Will only work if you own or build the house- the best idea is to have as thick walls as possible made of solid bricks. Old houses are cooler in the summer, simply because the heat doesn't get through. Additional insulation at the surface helps swallowing the heat without giving it off to the inside, while also keeping the heat in during the winter.
Stay in rooms that do not face South, and try not to stay directly under the roof. If you have no choice, open all windows and make sure that the air can circulate from the hot rooms into the colder ones, i.e. open and block all doors in-between.

Cars
Cars are a heat trap. Even ten minutes in full sun light can drag the temperatures uncomfortably high, and parking in the shade only slows the problem down. In fact, there had been people who put cookie dough into their cars and returned hours later to freshly-baked goods. The only way to avoid your car turning into an oven is to park them underground.
Before you start driving, open all doors and all windows to try and get some of the heat out, so you won't have to drive in those temperatures and your AC doesn't have to work too hard.
Windows are the main reason the car heats up- the larger the glass areas, the quicker it heats up. Covering them however, is a literal drop on a hot stone, since another large amount of heat gets transmitted through the chassis anyways. The color your car has also makes only little difference.
Check the cooling liquids regularly, make sure there's still enough of them or else your cooler will overheat and your engine will get damaged.
Stop and Go, like during a traffic jam or in city traffic are problematic, and downright poison for your engine if you have a start-stop-system. To cool the engine the engine and the cooler fan have to be running, so no matter what the gas prices say, you need to leave the engine idling. If not- then your best bet is to drive to the side, shut everything off and wait until your engine had cooled off by itself to avoid your cooler blowing up.
Don't leave anything inside your car that will get damaged through heat. That means food, drinks, different kinds of rubber... children and pets. Fucking don't leave anybody inside a car who can not get out by themselves. During summer you can read nearly every week that somebody accidentally left their baby inside their cars. Adult humans can't withstand the heat for very long, how are children or elderly people or animals supposed to do this instead? Heat strokes and dangerous dehydration are the result of this, or downright heat collapse to death. Don't leave anyone- human or animal- inside the car, even if they are sleeping. If you see an animal or a child inside a car at blistering heat, don't hesitate to break open the window unless you see people who might be the owners nearby- but still don't hesitate to alert them to the situation.

Gardening
Gardens are a great source of nutritions (nothing beats growing your own veggies), peace and general are a wonderful place to watch all sorts of bugs and other animals. But, like everything, your garden suffers in the heat too. Keep the needs of your garden in mind, even during a heatwave.
It is important to figure out which plants you have in your garden. Over the thumb it goes- hard and small leaves- it loves the heat and dryness; large and soft leaves hint towards such that need lots of water and shade. Which means latter one has more troubles dealing with a heatwave than the first category, and you'll need to water them more.
Watering should be done either in the very, very, very morning hours (around 4 a.m.), or in the evening hours when the sun is gone. Either has its drawbacks and advantages. Watering them in the morning means the ground has cooled down enough so the water won't evaporate before the plants can use it. It also means that the ground won't have enough time to soak it all up before the sun is up and drains it; and you have to get up early. Watering them in the evening means that the plants and ground have the entire night to soak up the water, though if the ground's too heated a large portion will evaporate before it is of any use. You can decide which way to choose, but I strongly advise against watering your garden in the noon or afternoon. As long the sun's out, too much water will evaporate and the droplets act as tiny magnifying glasses that can burn the surface they are on- i.e. the leaves and ground. Don't do it.
Also, don't mow your grass. Mowing is the worst thing you can do to your garden in the heat. Because without the grass having an adequate length, the sun burns up the ground quickly, literally baking it and rendering it unable to absorb water should it rain, turning your garden into a pond quickly. Leave your mower in the shed. Hell, sell it and get a stylish scythe or something- mowing your grass only twice per year (early summer and late autumn) means that you'll have a very colorful meadow in the summer that won't burn up so quickly and offers all sorts of animals a home. Though, realistically speaking- if it burns, short grass won't offer the flames as much food as long grass does, but if it burns you'll have other problems anyways.
Speaking of mowing- all types of gardening should only be done during the early morning hours- and reduced to a minimum. Which means that there is no great work to be done, like planting new trees or bushes- the heat will not only drive you crazy, but also destroy all the work you've done and burn the ground and plants quickly.

Pets
If humans suffer from the heat, then animals will do too, naturally. And unlike us, they can't take off their fur, so they'll bake even more than you do, even more so since most of them have only a little amount of sweat glands (with horses being about the only animals that have the same amount of sweat glands as we do). Which means, they need other ways to cool down.
They need shade to retreat to, so you'll need to offer them a place they can use during the hottest time of the day. Cold surfaces like tiles are useful for smaller animals like cats and dogs, and animals like pig require a waller, a mud-filled pool, to keep cool. Larger animals are fine with shade, but you need to make sure they still have enough to drink, and won't have to leave the shade to do so.
Shearing their fur might be helpful to avoid overheating, especially in races that have long coats, or that can't shed like poodles.
Going for walks with dogs should be avoided during the hottest times. Also, bring along enough water and/or plan in stops at lakes or rivers for your dog to jump into.
Fish usually suffer least from heat, but high temperatures mean less oxygen in the water plus possibly a flood of algae. During the summertime, it is important to install a pump or something into your pond that constantly brings in fresh oxygen for your fish. In case of fish tanks, switch off the heater and check the pump regularly, plus avoid putting your fishtank into places where the sun has direct contact.

Fire
There's only one thing to do when it is burning- get the fuck out. Don't play the hero, unless you are either a firefighter, or you are damn sure you get out unscathed.
Burning buildings are something that can happen anytime, not just during a heatwave, so I'm not going to look at that.
Wildfires, however, have apparently increased in quantity and power. The reason is pretty obvious: mankind. Like, I'm not joking- whatever's going wrong on this planet, you can be sure people had their grabby hands in it. The more ground is sealed (concrete, buildings, streets), the less water can get into the soil, the drier it becomes, the more likely it is that vegetation is replaced for dry shrubbery and the hotter the area becomes because concrete holds the heat very well and increases the temperature around as well. Additionally, wherever humans are, are sources of ignition- glass shards, cigarette butts, all the stuff. Plus, even outside of urban areas the problem persists- like through monocultured plants and trees- Point in case- the last really large forest fire near Berlin this year. 300 hectar have burnt to ashes. Pine forests gone. The main problem was- the coniferous trees. Those burn a lot better than decidous trees, and have a lot more problems with the heat at all.
So I can only suggest to never, ever live near plantations of coniferous trees (i.e. where they wouldn't grow naturally). If you visit a forest in the hottest time of the year, don't smoke, park your car outside of the forest, don't barbecue and take your entire trash with you to minimize the risk of it starting to burn.
If it burns, get the Hell out of there as fast as you can (after calling for the firefighters).

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The Eeveelution Question
Remember This? I promised I'd be doing something about Eevee pretty soon. Only 'pretty soon' is in my case nearly a year later. Eh, at least I still delivered.

My sister made this. This is about all those of you who complain about my realistic Pokémon and try to make me draw Eevee as fox, but Espeon and Umbreon as Cats.
Here. In your faces.
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PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, i wanted to get your opinion on this skull for a fictional species of animal I made

www.deviantart.com/perfectchao…

To give a brief summary, basically its teeth are serrated and like a sawblade and rather than having teeth rooted in its mouth, they're held in place by muscles that expand and contract rapidy that vibrate the teeth rapidly as well as other muscles that move the teeth back and fourth

The idea is that, it evolved that kind of dental work to cut through the skin of animals that developed a thick hide that isn't easy to bite through, but in some cases, i can go right through the bones and hard tendons of prey

Basically it evolved a Turkey Carver in its mouth

You're pretty good with animal anatomy so I figured you might be able to give me advice
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DragonlordRynn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018
Mhm. The skull itself says that it already has a very strong bite (short jaws, high forhead for muscles). And it is pretty useless to not have teeth anchored firmly in the skull. I'd think it would be better if the jaw was seperate (like a snake's skull) with all the parts being able to be moved on their own. In that way, it could hold on to its prey, while also cracking the hide by moving the parts in a saw-like motion back and forth.
Which means that its teeth should best be triangular with serrated edges.
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PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
OMG why didn't i think about Snakes

the animal the skull comes from is a descendent of Mustelids like Stoats, weasels like them are like furry little snake cats with legs XD

So, perhaps the bottom jaw would dehinge? and the muscles would pull the jaws back and fourth while the top jaw is going in a downward motion, digging and cutting into the flesh

and perhaps the neck jerks back in preparation to pull the flesh off and it also speeds up the process a bit

With this animal, its prey are basically rhino rabbits that look and act like Ground Sloths

It jumps on their back, cuts off a chunk of them and retreats and repreats the process every few hours til it gets full, so basically it has to be quick to prevent it from being attacked
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DragonlordRynn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018
Mhm. For Hit and Run a sawing motion is a dumb choice. It takes too much time. I'd rather think it would be better for the little guy to take down its prey first before starting to eat.
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frozenwhitenorth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the Llama!
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DragonlordRynn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018
Give one, get one back :)
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PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
TFW you don't know which scenario is worse


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frozenwhitenorth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Second is worse
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PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Daddy Kratos....think I'm gonna be sick XD
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DragonlordRynn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018
Both are equally sick. Kratos is the boy's father. Whether by blood or not is not important.
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