dogshutterstock_73171384Dog Days Of Summer

The summertime heat can get to our four-legged friends. Luckily, there are easy ways to make sure your pooch stays cool. Help your pets chill by freezing the following for a summer treat:

natural peanut butter • broth or plain yogurt in ice cube trays • small pieces of chicken or beef liver •  cheese chunks • tuna

water-melon-seeds-shutterstock_37487398Spittin’ Time

Pauls Valley is the site of the 58th annual World Championship Watermelon Seed Spittin’ Contest on July 4. Winners will be crowned in three separate age categories, though it’s not likely that any world records will be broken this year. That accomplishment is held by Jack Dietz of Chicago, who spit a watermelon seed 66 feet, 11 inches in 1989.

We’re Number One

Tulsa recently ranked No. 1 on Forbes’ list of 10 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs. The ranking was bestowed upon Tulsey Town due to factors like average income, population with a bachelor’s degree, businesses per capita, cost of living index and commercial and industrial loans.


Oklahoma is home to 10 turnpikes that cover nearly 600 miles of highway. The average cost per mile to traverse Oklahoma’s pike system is 5.6 cents per mile, but that doesn’t mean all pikes are created equal. The Cimarron Turnpike is 67 miles long, and tolls cost an average of 4.4 cents per mile. The most expensive, the John Kilpatrick Turnpike, runs 25.3 miles in the Oklahoma City metro area and costs 9.1 cents per mile. The state’s longest turnpike, the Indian Nation, is 105.2 miles long with a 5.2-cent-per-mile toll.

SA01-035Get Happy

Feet are about to get even happier in Oklahoma. Happy Socks, a Sweden-based company that specializes in colorful, whimsical socks for both men and women, are now carried in at least five Oklahoma retailers: Allton’s Clothing in Edmond, Everyman LLC in Stillwater, On A Whim locations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and at Travers Mahan in Tulsa.

402779_359725210774327_1200446892_nNo. 5

Guthrie Green was named No. 5 on Thrillist’s list of The Coolest Urban Spaces in America. “Guthrie Green went from an industrial patch of blah to an urban garden and performance space,” the talking heads behind Thrillist said. “It’s not just green to look at either: LED lighting and solar panels reduce electricity needs, and a geothermal well field on the park site feeds ground-source heat pumps at neighboring Tulsa Paper Company building and keeps the earth at a perfectly splay-worth 66 degrees.”