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Florida Man Throws Turkey In Pool To Thaw Every Thanksgiving



Clearwater Man Thaws Turkey in Pool

We’re all for crazy holiday traditions but you’ll have to file this one under “that’s so Florida” – one Clearwater native says it’s become a yearly routine to thaw their thanksgiving turkey in the pool. While plenty of folks have their own way of preparing turkey, Mark O’Donnell says thawing his bird in the pool has been a Thanksgiving tradition for a generation.

“One Thanksgiving we realized we forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer, and our uncle was here from up north. And we just said, ‘hey let’s throw it in the pool,’”, O’Donnell told reporters.

Each year, a different cousin in the family is chosen to hurl the turkey into the pool in order to defrost it.

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“Honors to chuck it in the pool are kind of the ridiculousness of it,” O’Donnell said.

Uncle Chuck received the award last year in 2020.

Bullock stated, “I threw it in the water and let it fly.”

The previous year, Aunt Mary Frances had the honor in 2019.

“And that ladies and gentlemen is how you thaw a turkey,” you can hear in one of their videos.

This is obviously an uncommon practice and one you’re bound to only find going on when searching for this type of content. Don’t judge us, we’re into weird holiday traditions. Whether or not thawing your turkey in the pool is completely safe, O’Donnell seems to think it’s legit and it doesn’t seem to have harmed his family in the 18 years they’ve been doing it.

Should You Thaw Your Turkey In The Pool?

O’Donnell said that folks have a lot of questions about the practice. “The turkeys are sealed and we always check for any leaks. So far in 18 years, we’ve only had one that we’ve had to double bag, so there’s no blood in the pool or chlorine in the turkey.”

While we don’t know if we’ll be thawing our bird quite the same way as Mark, we can certainly say that we were quite amused by their holiday tradition.

“If we made somebody smile, good for us. Hopefully they’ll smile Thanksgiving, too,” said O’Donnell. Their family dinner is bound to create lasting memories. His plans to create his ultimate thanksgiving feast will commence after the turkey has a chance to towel off.

Thanksgiving Turkey
“Turned out great!” – Mark O’Donnell

Are We Advising You To Thaw Your Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner In The Pool?

Is this method of thawing your holiday bird FDA approved? Absolutely not! Is it hilarious to watch, it absolutely is. If you’re thinking about making this one your holiday tradition let us remind you that the safest approach to thaw your frozen turkey is to put it in the refrigerator and leave it there for one full day for every five pounds of bird (per the U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Whether O’Donnell and his family will be holding their annual tradition this year, time will tell. Their thanksgiving ritual went viral last year. Guess we’ll all just have to wait for Mark O’Donnell to go live again and find out.

Photo Credits: Mark O’Donnell

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Alise Everton has been working in the pool industry for the past decade and is an experienced press correspondent and contributor for numerous trade publications and web portals including and among others. Contact her for guest posting opportunities, press releases, and pool equipment related news.

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Rudy Stankowitz
Rudy Stankowitz
1 year ago

I just had to!!!
I already knew (as we all already know) that there’d be something fowl about floating an icebound gobbler about the pool. So, out of curiosity, I took a visit to’s FAQ page, and believe it or not, the cannonball butterball thaw solution was not there. I just couldn’t let it go and jumped on their ‘Turkey Talk’ hotline (that’s really what it’s called) and posed my pool query for their pros to ponder. Taken by surprise, they were altogether unaware of the practice and immediately began to rafter back with concerns about food safety. But I knew going into this they’d be nothing but snoods. I love the article, Alise! Happy Thanksgiving to all – your friendly neighborhood pool guy, Rudy Stankowitz


Makeup In The Pool Can Be Problematic



Makeup In The Pool Can Be Problematic

Wearing makeup in the pool can be a controversial topic, as some people believe that it is harmful to both the skin and the pool itself. However, with the right precautions and products, it is possible to wear cosmetics in the pool without causing harm.

Why Makeup In The Pool Can Be Trouble

First and foremost, it is important to understand that most cosmetics are not designed to withstand the harsh chemicals and chlorine found in pools. This means that if you choose to wear makeup in the pool, it is likely to smudge, smear, or even wash off completely. The best beauty supply stores carry makeup that is waterproof and sweat-proof. These are products that are specifically designed for use in the water and are a better choice if you’re opting to wear cosmetics in the swimming pool.

Wearing Cosmetics When Swimming

When it comes to eye makeup, waterproof mascara and eyeliner are a must. However, it is important to remember that even waterproof products can smudge or run if they come into contact with water for an extended period of time. Therefore, it’s best to avoid applying too much eye makeup, or to touch up your cosmetics after swimming.

When it comes to foundation and powder, it is best to use a waterproof and sweat-proof formula. Furthermore, it is important to apply sunscreen before applying makeup, as the sun’s rays can be damaging to the skin, even when you’re in the water.

Thinking of wearing makeup in the swimming pool? Make sure to pick waterproof cosmetics. Photo Credit: Redbook
Thinking of wearing makeup in the swimming pool? Make sure to pick waterproof cosmetics. Photo Credit: Redbook

Waterproof Makeup

When it comes to waterproof makeup, there are several options available on the market. Some popular choices include:

  1. Waterproof Mascara: Brands like Maybelline, L’Oréal, and CoverGirl offer waterproof mascaras that are designed to resist smudging and running.
  2. Waterproof Eyeliner: Pencil eyeliners are the best option for a waterproof eyeliner as they are less likely to smudge or run. Brands like Urban Decay, Stila, and Nudestix offer waterproof pencil eyeliners in a variety of shades.
  3. Waterproof Foundation: Many cosmetic brands offer waterproof foundations that are designed to stay put even when you’re in the water. Some popular options include L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup and Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation.
  4. Waterproof Lipstick: Brands like Revlon, Maybelline, and L’Oréal offer waterproof lipsticks that are designed to resist smudging and fading.
  5. Waterproof Concealer: Brands like Tarte, Nars, and Urban Decay offer waterproof concealers that are designed to stay put even when you’re in the water.

What You Should Know About Wearing Cosmetics In The Pool

In terms of whether you should wear cosmetics in the pool or not, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Some people enjoy wearing makeup in the pool to feel more confident, while others prefer to let their natural skin breathe. If you do choose to wear makeup in the pool, it is important to take the necessary precautions to protect your skin and the pool itself.

Additionally, if you are wearing makeup in the pool, it is important to remember that makeup can clog the filters in the pool, and it could also leave an oily film on the water. This can be harmful to swimmers, as well as to the pool itself. Therefore, it is important to clean your face thoroughly before getting into the pool, and to avoid applying too much makeup.

Ultimately, wearing makeup in the pool can be possible, but it’s important to use waterproof and sweat-proof products that are specifically designed for use in the water. Additionally, it’s important to take precautions to protect your skin and the pool itself.

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Insta VS Reality Sets In For Pool-Seeking Tourists



Insta vs Reality Sets In For Pool-Seeking Tourists

A traveler discovered the hard truth of how different parts of Bali can be from one another when she proudly displayed the breathtaking panorama from her hostel.

Luna De Fauw, a Dutch tourist, shared a video she shot from her hotel balcony in Canggu, Bali, on TikTok in December.

She began her video by showcasing the immaculate pool inside the hotel grounds, and then cut to a muddy field with unfinished houses in the background.

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Travel Bloggers Record Their Insta VS Reality Pool Experience

Captioned “Bali Insta vs real life,” Ms. De Fauw’s video showed the bright blue poolside tranquility with lined-up deck lounges, manicured lawns, and palm trees.

@luna_maryse Had je niet gedacht he #itbelikethat #kosonehostel #canggu #bali #instavsreality ♬ original sound – Andrei King

The camera panned next door to a muddy expanse with patches of grass and abandoned buildings, with a massive construction site in the distance.

Reactions on Social Media

People on social media reacted to Ms. De Fauw’s post about Bali by calling it “overrated,” but some defended the well-known tourist destination.

Some have criticized Ms. De Fauw for trying to save money on her Bali vacation, urging her to “pay the price” for a more luxurious experience.

Yet others managed to find the humorous side of things by making remarks about the muddy grassy area adjacent to the hostel.

‘We love the alternative beach,’ one of them joked.

This follows the posting of similar footage by other TikTokers from the popular holiday destination, showing beautiful villas next to swampy areas.

On the popular video sharing app TikTok, British tourist Victoria Goulbourne revealed the truth about her vacation last November.

@victoria_goulbourne Dont be fooled by insta 😅🌝 #traveltok #bali #canggu #indonesia #traveltok #comedy #fyp #instavsreality #baliviews #balitravel ♬ original sound – Andrei King

Her video overlaid with the words “Insta VS Reality” panned from the pristine pool, deck, and palm trees in front of the villa to the murky swamp and dirty creek in the backyard. It perfectly showcases the difference between expectation and reality.

Insta Vs Reality & Travel Culture

The “Insta vs Reality” travel culture refers to the discrepancy between the idealized and heavily edited versions of travel experiences that go viral on social media, versus the more mundane or even negative aspects of those same experiences. Tourists posting videos that feature a beautiful pool only to pan and show off a construction zone or unlandscaped surroundings is one example of this phenomenon.

By only showcasing the attractive or picturesque aspects of their travels, such as a beautiful pool, and hiding or downplaying the less desirable parts, such as a construction zone or unlandscaped surroundings, these tourists are presenting a skewed and unrealistic portrayal of their experience. This can create a false impression for viewers and lead to disappointment or frustration when they arrive at the same destination and find that it doesn’t match the idealized version they saw on social media.

This type of behavior also contributes to the growing trend of “fake” or “staged” travel content on social media, which can be misleading and deceptive for consumers. It’s important for travelers to be mindful of this and to strive for authenticity and honesty in their travel content, rather than only presenting a polished and idealized version of their experiences.

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Top 10 Pool Toys I’m Asking Santa For This Year

These top 10 pool toys made our wish list this year



Top 10 Pool Toys To Ask Santa For This Christmas

One thing is for certain in my backyard, you can never have enough pool toys. A swimming pool party is the perfect time to break out your best pool floats, toys, and games that make the experience that much more enjoyable. This year, I’ve put a few special requests on my list for Santa. There were definitely a few new pool toys that made my wishlist. I’m hoping Jolly Old Saint Nick will stuff at least a few under the tree for me this year.

Top 10 Pool Toys This Year

If you’re looking for some incredibly fun pool toys that will appeal to kids of all ages, you’re in the right place. Pool Magazine has you covered with a list of toys and accessories that will make your pool the place to be this holiday season.

TEMI Remote Control Shark

One of the most fun pool toys that came out this year is TEMI’s Remote Control Shark that works similar to an RC Boat. This cool shark spouts water and has a LED light on it. Straight out of a James Bond Movie this remote controlled pool shark is the perfect pool toy for those on the naughty list. Dr. Evil would love this RC shark as it really does have laser beams coming out of it’s head.

Splash Runner Motorized Pool Lounger

Ok, I’m going to be honest and say I hope Santa drops a couple of these off at the pool this year. This remote controlled pool lounger propels you through the pool area with strong dual 66 watt power motors. A fun and comfortable pool chair that accomodates adults up to 300 pounds.

NinoStar Inflatable Balls

If these inflatable balls don’t cater to your inner Star Wars nerd, nothing will. Me being a tremendous Star Wars buff, t hey’re right up my alley. I really hope that Santa comes and drops a few of these fun inflatables off at the pool this yar.

Pool Punisher Tank Float

These fun inflatables have been the hit of the summer all year long. With cannons that shoot pool water, you can have some raging water fights with this inflatable artillery. I almost picked some up earlier in the year but missed my chance and then they were all sold out. Certainly wouldn’t mind if Ol’ Saint Nick dropped a few tanks off for some fun pool battles.

Giantex Inflatable Water Trampoline

This fun inflatable water trampoline looks absolutely ideal for the pool. For kids and adults who enjoy the trampoline and the swimming pool, this pool toy is like the best of both worlds. Certainly a top ten toy that I have no trouble asking Santa for this year.

TOSY Rechargeable LED Frisbee

A neighbor of mind had this fun pool toys in their backyard and we all had a ball this summer tossing the frisbee around in the pool at night. I’d say this is the one pool toy on my list that is just as at home on the lawn or at the park as it is in the swimming pool.

Catch-A-Splash Reusable Water Balloons & Slingshot

There are a few things that always put parents off hosting a water balloon fight. For one, filling all the balloons takes time, and so does cleaning up all of the broken balloons after the fight. Catch-A-Splash solves both with their reusable cotton water balloons that are easy to fill, and fun to shoot with the included slingshot. Two very good reasons why it’s on top 10 pool toy list.

Dunn-Rite Splash & Shoot Basketball Hoop

This fun basketball hoop provides hours of fun in the backyard. A sturdy adjustable backboard and net held in place by a 25 gallon pedestal. Another pool toy I hope I get two of so that we can go end-to-end for “full-court” pool hoops.

Dunn-Rite Volleyball Net

Yep, we’re going back-to-back with two Dunn-Rite pool toys. Hey, they make great products! Their sturdy volleyball is easy to set up and provides hours of enjoyment in the pool. With that said, it should be very easy to see why it rates a spot on our top 10 list of must-have pool toys this year.

Splash2o – Strongest Kids Water Cannon

This garden hose powered pool cannon guarantees you will never lose a water fight ever again! With a max range of 40 feet and 360 degree turning radius, this is without a doubt the #1 pool toy I hope I find under the tree this year.

We hope that our list of pool toys gave you some fun ideas for gifts that will bring hours of enjoyment for the loved ones in your life. Know of some great pool toys that didn’t make our list? Sound off in the comments with your own favorite pool toys.

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