Stay Hydrated

We’ve all heard the advice for staying hydrated by drinking an eight-ounce glass of water eight times a day. The so-called 8×8 rule is popular and could be enough to keep one hydrated. However, the amount of water needed to stay hydrated, especially in the summertime, can vary depending on weight, activity level, etc.

“To keep things simple, the old ‘half your body weight in ounces’ is usually fairly close to registered dietitian recommendations,” says Natalie Sanders, MS, RD, LD, of St. John Healthy Lifestyles. “During the summer months, it is important to hydrate throughout the day, especially if sweating or outdoors. Water should be consumed before, during and after activity, especially in the extreme heat.”


Oklahoma City ranks dead last on the list of the 51 Major U.S. Cities in Energy-Efficiency, as decided by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Big Tiger, Little Panther, Tiny Coyote

Oklahoma is an amalgam of rich and poor, mountains and plains, metropolises and teeny-tiny towns, and nowhere can the latter be seen better than in high school enrollment. Taloga and Lone Wolf high schools each boast an enrollment of 15, making them the high schools with the lowest enrollment in the state. The largest is Broken Arrow High School, with a whopping 3,637 students enrolled, according to numbers reported in May to the State Department of Education.

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mailThen & Now

In August 1900, the U.S. Postal Service established the state’s first rural route in Hennessey, Okla. Albert Darrow was the carrier; his route, which he traveled by horse and wagon, was 24 miles long. His annual salary for delivering the route was $500. Today, the USPS operates 1,279 rural routes in the state.

August in Osage County

Sure, we all saw the tour de force performance by Meryl Streep, and it’s no wonder she was such a surly mess in August: Osage County. The heat there can be positively unbearable during the summer months: The average high in the county during August is 93 degrees.

OU Students Get Diverse

According to the Oklahoma Daily, the University of Oklahoma’s campus newspaper, every incoming freshman to the school will be required to complete five hours of diversity and inclusivity training and experience. Jabar Shumate, a former state senator and OU’s vice president for University Community, will oversee the new program.


Fishing for the Record

In August 2012, angler Howard Zummer reeled in the largest longnose, or needlenose, gar ever caught in the state. The whopper weighed in at 43 pounds, 8 ounces, was 64.5 inches long and was caught at Lake Eufaula. The prehistoric fish is located in freshwater lakes throughout the central states and has been in North America for about 100 million years.