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June 28th, 2005

Bad Advices

One of those random childhood memories floating in my head happens to contain some of the worst advice I’ve ever received in my life.

Picture it: Sicily… er, the Chicago suburbs in the early 80s. A really hot summer’s day. I was helping my friend and his dad do some house painting. It was quite hot. We stopped to take a break and catch our breaths when I lamented that I was really thirsty.

My friend’s dad said in a blunt manner, “Thirsty? Swallow your spit.”

I thought, “My spit? But my spit isn’t Kool-Aid!”

And he was serious, too. Instead of letting us get even a sip of water from a garden hose he insisted that we let the magical power of saliva somehow manage to refresh and rejuvenate our bodies and our spirits. I guess people stranded in the desert (there are many) should just swallow their spit, too.

Incredibly bad advice. What’s yours?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday June 28, 2005 -- 9:03:45 am
Have a cigarette; it's cool to smoke.


FROM: zack
DATE: Tuesday June 28, 2005 -- 10:43:16 am
As late as the 80s, some western armies officially believed that soldiers can be trained not to dehydrate. Soldiers would be marched for a whole day and were only allowed to carry a single canteen of water each. Oh, they swallowed their spit, I promise you that!
Maybe your friend's dad was an ex-Special Forces or something.

FROM: vovenheimerpeople
DATE: Tuesday June 28, 2005 -- 2:21:38 pm
We've actually tried that and it doesnt work. some really bad advice ive gotten is to rinse ur eyes out with whole milk when they have something stuck in them. also, putting lemon juice in ur hair to get highlights. doesnt work. just buy the highlights:-)

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 28, 2005 -- 9:19:38 pm
If that worked wouldn't it be something akin to perpetual motion?

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday June 28, 2005 -- 10:48:46 pm
Be a Liberal Arts major.

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