'Man With the Golden Arm' Retires From Donating Blood After Saving More Than 2 Million Babies

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service

One of the most prolific blood donors in the world has completed his final blood drive. Nicknamed "The Man With the Golden Arm," James Harrison of Australia has given blood more than 1100 times in the last 60 years, Mashable reports.

He said he would have kept donating, too, had it not been for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's rule that donors can only give blood up until their 81st birthday.

Harrison's blood carries a rare antibody that has helped save the babies of more than 2 million Australian women. The antibody is used to create a medication called Anti-D, which helps fight rhesus disease, a condition in which antibodies in a pregnant woman's blood attack her unborn baby's blood cells. Prior to 1967, when the Anti-D program was rolled out in Australia, many babies died from the disease. Harrison just happened to be the first Anti-D donor in the country.

After undergoing chest surgery at age 14, Harrison pledged to thank his anonymous blood donors by paying it forward. He has also donated plasma, which is similar to the process of donating blood, except the plasma is separated out and the blood is returned to the donor's body.

In recognition of his service, Harrison received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1999 and was also added to the Guinness Book of World Records in 2003 for having donated the most blood. However, according to online records, this record has since been broken—a show of dedication that Harrison no doubt approves of.

[h/t Mashable]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Amazon's Bestselling Contactless Thermometer Is on Sale for 33 Percent Off

iHealth/Amazon
iHealth/Amazon

A fever is one of the tell-tale symptoms of COVID-19, which makes a thermometer an essential tool for detecting the illness early. But if you're sharing an oral thermometer with members of your household, you may fear the risk of spreading infected saliva outweighs the benefits. Investing in a contactless thermometer solves this problem, and this model from iHealth ($40) has the internet's approval.

As Yahoo! reports, the iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer is the bestselling infrared forehead thermometer on Amazon. To use it, simply hold the device a few inches above the forehead of the person whose temperature you want to take, press the button, and wait for the infrared technology to gauge their body temperature. The thermometer vibrates and shows the reading on an LED display when the process is complete.

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In addition to being the third-bestselling item on the entire site, the thermometer is also positively reviewed, with an average 4.3-star rating from more than 17,000 customers. "We are using this at our clinic [and] it is a go-to for our nurses," one reviewer wrote. Another reviewer said, "This infrared thermometer is the easiest and most accurate that you can possibly use. I should have bought one of these long ago."

The iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer normally costs $60, but it's currently on sale for $40, plus free shipping.

[h/t Yahoo!]

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